Thursday, August 25, 2016 Av 21, 5776

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This would appear to be the season of the Psalms. A recent flurry of books about these impassioned expressions of religious feeling -- the trend began last fall with scholar Robert Alter's reworking of the artful prayers -- has recently been added to by a lovingly produced volume from Philadelphia's own Jewish Publication Society titled I Will Wake the Dawn:...
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Dr. Marsha Bryan Edelman, JE Feature
When Brian Lowdermilk was in 11th grade, he wrote a melody for "Oseh Shalom" that has become the standard for Temple Sholom in Broomall, where the budding composer was raised. Ten years later, that melody will be part of a larger work, to be presented by the still-young Lowdermilk, who will return home with a fuller setting of the Shabbat-evening...
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M.J. Fine, JE Feature
When Lenny Kravitz titled his latest effort "It Is Time for a Love Revolution," he wasn't playing around. His eighth album kicks off with that demand and, over the next hour, he makes a good case for a new world order based on his favorite four-letter word. "Love Revolution" and "Bring It On" get things started with back-to-back blasts of...
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Rita Rosen Poley, JE Feature
In 1961, during a summer in Mexico City, I was fortunate to have been taken to visit an unusual house museum called Casa Azul ("Blue House"). Before that moment, I knew nothing about it or its famous owner, the artist Frida Kahlo (1907-1954). Casa Azul is an amazingly colorful, exuberant repository of art and artifacts. More importantly, it is an...
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'Juno' songwriter knows quality is key to life
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Why was this night different from all other nights? Because, unquestionably, Barry Louis Polisar had never been associated with an Oscar contender before. But there he was, the author of the modern-day Haggadah, Telling the Story -- and it's quite a story he has to tell -- and, in front of him, on a sensational Sunday night, screened before millions,...
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