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January 7, 2015

We came to Berlin not to mourn the Holocaust but to celebrate the rich Jewish culture of pre-War Germany.

This was our second time participating in the annual Louis Lewandowski Festival. The festival is now in its fourth year, celebrating the beautiful music of the grea...

August 28, 2014

YEHEZKEL BRAUN 

 (1922-2014)

 

I first got to know Yehezkel Braun in 1982. I was writing my doctoral thesis, in part, about his music, and he consented to be interviewed. Yehezkel was teaching at Brandeis University that year. I soon discovered that this man was as sweet...

August 26, 2014

I'm feeling a strange disconnect. My personal life is delightful. I had a summer full of great travel adventures, music and family celebrations. And yet the news around the world is so terribly dark. In this time of rising anti-Semitism I think it is so important that...

August 3, 2014

Before you begin to read from the Torah, you generally answer "amen" to the blessing made by the oleh. That's fine. But remember, your "amen" follows the blessing—it is not a prelude to the reading. A common but wrong practice is when the Torah reader opens the torah,...

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