Tuesday, September 30, 2014 Tishri 6, 5775
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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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Cantor David F. Tilman, JE Feature
Last November, the National Center for Jewish Film, a motion-picture archive and resource center in residence at Brandeis University, issued a new two-volume DVD set, parts of which had been released in VS format in 1990. The earlier tapes were derived from a 1931 film titled "The Voice of Israel," which was produced and directed by Joseph Seiden, an early...
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