Not for Your own sake do You want sacrificial gifts Only for those disappointed in Your love. Blasphemy pains You less Than people’s despair. The lines above are excerpted from a poem Abraham Joshua Heschel composed on the central issue that would define his life: the relationship between God and man.
The Festivals of Passover and Hanukkah share a few things in common. Both are associated with important historical narratives. And both often coincide with Christian holidays that also have some significance in the secular world.
Tablet Magazine's feature story today details the 50-year history of a jazz sacred service titled Hear O Israel, the definitive recording of which is part of the Milken Archive's permanent collection.
Given his upbringing and background, it is not surprising that Samuel Adler has led such a distinguished life in music.
In the annals of American Jewish music, no name looms larger than Leonard Bernstein. And for good reason. Aside from being a world-class conductor, Bernstein was a revered educator and celebrated composer, equally lauded for his work on the stages of both concert halls and theaters.
Photo Credit: Mark Allan/Barbican/LSO via Bachtrack On the night of January 13, 2018, Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra gave an incredible live performance of the Genesis Suite.
The meaning and impact of a good song depends upon the delicate interdependence of music and words. Melody carries and nuances a text’s meaning, and words can influence how we hear music.
Jewish history is filled with legends. Moses’s parting of the Red Sea. Abraham’s binding of Isaac. Due to their inherently dramatic nature, many of those legends have been set to music as cantatas, oratorios or operas.
Thanksgiving just passed here in the U. S.
One year ago today, the world lost Ben Zion Shenker, a rabbi, cantor and composer who had been dubbed “the greatest living figure of Hassidic music.