American singer-songwriter Regina Spektor is known for her colorful performances and soulful lyrics, but also as a prominent Jewish cultural icon. It may be a surprise, then, that Spektor said antisemitism is curiously to thank for her Judaism, The Guardian reported on Sunday.
On Jewish oppression, Spektor spoke of the every day reality of her brother, an Orthodox Jew who wears a black hat and is frequently harassed for his faith. “They get on him, shouting ‘Shalom’, that kind of thing. But I see antisemitism everywhere. It’s built into the fabric of our lives."