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crossover

through a sea of sound Shab­bat Shi­rah usu­al­ly marks the begin­ning of Jew­ish Music Month. How­ev­er, I’ve not seen any ref­er­ence to it this year. Nonethe­less, it is appro­pri­ate that this week marks the cel­e­bra­tion of a sig­nif­i­cant anniver­sary in Amer­i­can Jew­ish … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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promise of dawn

dark morn­ings As the north­ern hemi­sphere moves deep­er into win­ter with less light for each day, our morn­ings begin near dawn. This is a beau­ti­ful time of begin­nings and promise. While the sounds we hear each morn­ing are not those of … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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remembering pearls of music

this week Daniel Pearl would turn 46 Daniel Pearl was born on Shab­bat Noah: Octo­ber 10, 1964 = 4 Chesh­van 5725. If, metaphor­i­cal­ly speak­ing, all those ani­mals (car­ni­vores and her­bi­vores) were able to coex­ist on the Ark why can’t we? And … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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It’s very clear

our love is here to stay While prepar­ing a wed­ding drash for this past week I learned that Ira Gersh­win chan­neled Isa­iah 54:10 in this week’s haf­tarah por­tion. Isa­iah: For the moun­tains may move And the hills be shak­en, But my loy­al­ty … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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when?

…when­ev­er” How often have we heard peo­ple respond in this way? I’m always ready to go out and enjoy life. But, the dai­ly alarm of the sho­far in Elul reminds us to mix those plea­sures, and that time is… Lena … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Let My People Go (Отпусти народ мой) [that they may serve me]!

a grow­ing hag­gadah A new edi­tion of A Grow­ing Hag­gadah (which is still avail­able in its 2005 HTML ver­sion) has been print­ed. If you are inter­est­ed in hav­ing a PDF ver­sion of the text to print and use (in whole or in … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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esther’s song

purim in novem­ber On Thurs­day night, Novem­ber 19, 2009, Deb­bie and I went to see the opera Esther at the New York City Opera in Lin­coln Cen­ter. The opera, the last one by com­pos­er Hugo Weis­gall is based on the bib­li­cal … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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steve’s song

jews and judaism in amer­i­can elite cul­ture .01 On Sun­day evening, Novem­ber 8, 2009 I attend­ed “Steve Reich Talks about his Jew­ish Music at JMF”. I was a bit sur­prised (after being told to reserve my free tick­ets in advance) that there were … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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swann song

jews and judaism in amer­i­can pop­u­lar cul­ture .01 now, …with har­vey and sheila! There was a time, it feels strange to write this… a gen­er­a­tion ago, when being Jew­ish was very “in”. The thing to be in Amer­i­ca. Amer­i­cans con­tin­ue to, even … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Hiroshima 広島市 Day ☮

The first nuclear weapon “Lit­tle Boy” was dropped on the city of Hiroshi­ma on Mon­day, August 6, 1945. call­ing for nuclear dis­ar­ma­ment then I have a clear mem­o­ry from long ago, some­time around 1959: walk­ing with my fam­i­ly down Hol­ly­wood Boule­vard, … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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