Friday, April 18, 2014 Nisan 18, 5774
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M.J. Fine, JE Feature
All odds are against the survival of a poem. The chance of being completed, the chance of being saved, the chance of being shared, the chance of being appreciated -- none of these are to be taken lightly. And yet, for some tortured souls, poetry is the one thing that sustains and affirms their existence. Consider Paul Celan. Though it's...
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Cantor David F. Tilman, JE Feature
In a recent edition of The New York Times, British author and journalist Adam LeBor, based in Prague, published an opinion piece titled "New Lyrics for Israel," advocating the elimination of the phrase "Nefesh Yehudi"/Jewish soul," from the Israeli national anthem, "Hatikvah." In its place, LeBor argues, should be the phrase "nefesh Israeli," or "Israeli soul." How can modern Israel,...
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M.J. Fine, JE Feature
Every summer, our thoughts turn to weddings. One of my co-workers is gleefully counting down the days until he's a married man, so I've got about two more weeks of hearing about cake tastings, flower arrangements and honeymoon plans. In honor of this summer's brides and grooms, I've categorized July's shows according to the wedding tradition. · Something old. John...
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Israeli teens Oded Rinsky and Shy-li Tal gave up virtually every weekend for the past six months in order to prepare for their summer gig -- touring the United States as "emissaries" of their home country. It's part of a Scouting tradition that stretches back decades, even before the founding of the Jewish state. In fact, it seems like many...
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M.J. Fine, JE Feature
Take one guy rapping to a hip-hop beat, one gospel belter testifying over a sprightly klezmer melody, and one country sweetheart trilling on top of an old Jewish cowboy lament. Mix carefully. Sounds weird, right? In fact, it's the recipe for "You Are Never Alone," the loveliest track on Socalled's fantastic and fascinating new album, "Ghettoblaster." Socalled (born Josh Dolgin)...
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