Friday, May 22, 2015 Sivan 4, 5775

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Listen to local composer Andrea Clearfield discuss her creative process, and it almost sounds like she's got a paintbrush in her hand. Sipping a cup of coffee at La Colombe last week, the 46-year-old brunette described the "undulating bassoons" in one piece as "dark and velvety." Later, she referred to the same work's text as "an ocean of chant." As...
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A great new anthology by the great Harold Bloom
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So what actually constitutes an "American religious poem"? That's the question at the heart of a new anthology, titled, appropriately enough, American Religious Poems . It's been edited by the indefatigable Harold Bloom, the masterful literary critic and Yale University professor, with the assistance of Jesse Zuba, and published by the ever-enterprising Library of America. Both editors have provided answers...
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Indoors, of course, and in style
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Ethel Hofman, JE Feature
To entertain -- or not to entertain? At this time of year, it's definitely party time. There are celebrations at the office, dinners in fancy restaurants, snacking at sports bars, but entertaining at home is somehow more comfortable and relaxing. And that goes for hosts, as well as guests. And if you plan your event for the beginning of the...
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... and the naivete to believe it's always a possibility
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Sometimes, I get a book in the mail, and I have to scratch my head in befuddlement about why it was sent to me. Such was the case with The Buddha and the Terrorist by Satish Kumar. It's a small, delicate volume, clearly published with consideration and care by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, a reputable publisher. But why I...
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When I heard that Arthur Kurzweil, the longtime editorial director of Jason Aronson Books, which over the years has returned many classic Jewish works to print, was going to publish a book about Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, the translator of the Talmud into English, I couldn't have been happier. Readers of this column know by now how highly I think of...
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Arts and Culture Events

Sun. May 24
Old City Jewish Arts Center
2:00 PM-4:00 PM
Thu. May 28
Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel
7:00 PM
Fri. May 29
Germantown Jewish Centre
6:00 PM

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