Jewish Culture

The State of Things
11:37 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Preserving Forbidden Music

Musicologist Michael Haas helped uncover compositions by Jewish musicians who had been persecuted by the Nazis.

As a young classical music producer in the 1980s, Michael Haas was digging through East German archives researching the works of Kurt Weill.

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The State of Things
12:07 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Clergy Says ‘Labor Union’ Aren’t Bad Words

Amy Laura Hall has organized the Labor Sabbath movement in North Carolina.
Credit hearldsun.org

Some North Carolinians cringe at the phrase ‘labor union.’ 

In the right to work state, some opponents say unions cause harm to private businesses and do not benefit workers. This weekend in churches, synagogues and other holy places some clergy will talk about unions as part of a Labor Sabbath movement.  

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The State of Things
12:21 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Unearthing the ‘Uncle’ of Yiddish Literature

Jacob Dinezon, Yiddish Writer
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More than 100 years ago, writer Jacob Dinezon was one of the most well-known Yiddish authors. But after his death in 1919, Dinezon was almost forgotten. 

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The State of Things
11:36 am
Tue August 12, 2014

A Bright Light In A Time Of Darkness

A new historical fiction novel that documents a musical trio during the Holocaust

    

In the fall of 1941, German troops killed more than 15,000 Jewish residents in a two-day massacre outside the city of Rovno in Ukraine.

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Arts & Culture
10:41 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Jewish Poetry Set To Music

Composer Dan Asia
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Poet Yehuda Amichai is one of Israel’s most acclaimed artists. His poems explore different aspects of the Jewish faith. American poet Paul Pines also examines the many components of Judaism in his work. American musical composer Dan Asia set both their works to music which will be performed tonight at Elon University

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The State of Things
11:20 am
Wed February 5, 2014

The Rabbi Of Worms

The Rabbi of Worms by M.K. Hammond
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The 11th century isn’t noted in history for its peaceful interfaith relations. And yet, at that time, Christians and Jews alike came from all over Europe to seek the wisdom of the Rabbi of Worms, a French scholar whose commentaries on the scriptures are still used today. Host Frank Stasio talks to writer Marie Hammond about her historical fiction, "The Rabbi of Worms."

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The State of Things
11:17 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Film Series Shines Light On 'The Real Israel'

Credit Creative Commons

Israel is often seen through the lens of the Israeli-Palestinean conflict, or through the stories of the Holocaust.

Shai Ginsburg wants to change that, to show what life is really like for people in Israel. So he created a film series to showcase true stories from the region.

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The State of Things
12:23 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Scroll Rescued From Nazis Sends Raleigh Rabbi On Interfaith Journey

Credit Rabbi Raachel Jurovics

For years, Raleigh Rabbi Raachel Jurovics cared for a Torah scroll looted by the Nazis from a Czech town she thought had been destroyed. As it turns out, the town is still there, and the residents have restored the synagogue that was the scroll's original home.

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The State of Things
12:40 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

New Music Incorporates Stories Of North Carolina Jews

Image from the “Down Home: Jewish Life in North Carolina” exhibit
Credit http://sites.duke.edu/downhome/ / Duke Center for Jewish Studies

  The Jewish Heritage Foundation of North Carolina has been collecting the stories of the state's Jews for years. Now, those recorded interviews are part of an original musical composition - "Down Home: The Cantata."

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The State of Things
12:01 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

The Hidden Diaries Of A Young Jewish Woman

Photograph of Etty Hillesum from the Jewish History Museum of Amsterdam.
Credit http://fy.wikipedia.org/wiki/Etty_Hillesum

  Out of the varied horrors of the Holocaust, a body of literature survives.  The most famous voice belongs to Anne Frank.  At 15-years-old, she wrote, “I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart.”  It's hard to believe that anyone, even a child, can be so big-hearted. 

Less well-known is the voice of an adult woman, Etty Hillesum.  And her writing is finally getting its day in the sun.

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