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  • LaRue, Thomas ,"Der Shvartzer Khazn" (YouTube, 2020-08-12)
    Recording in Yiddish of the song, "Yidele, Farlir Nit Dayn Hoffnung (Don't Give Up Hope, Mr. Jew)," Click on the link above to listen.
  • Grisar, PJ (The Forward, 2021-01-17)
    In observance of Martin Luther King Day, The Forward republished an article about Thomas LaRue, known as “Der Shvartze Khazn” or, “the Black Cantor” in the 1920s. His mother was not Jewish and it is not clear whether or ...
  • Stephen Wise Free Synagogue (2022)
    Founded by Rabbi Stephen Wise as the Free Synagogue, the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue still adheres to the values of its founder, committed to social justice and to close ties to Israel. Click on the link above to see the ...
  • The Editors of Encylopedia Britanica (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2022-03-13)
    Born in Budapest, Hungary in 1874, Stephen Wise emigrated to New York City, where he became a prominent leader of the Zionist movement and exerted major influence in shaping the direction of Reform Judaism in the United ...
  • Simon, Jen (Salon, 2021-11-30)
    This commentary begins with "Hanukkah is not a Jewish Christmas. It never was and shouldn't be treated like it is. So pay attention retailers: knock it off. Stop trying to sell us dumb products." The article is about the ...
  • West, Cornel (Jewish Currents, 2020-12-23)
    In this article, scholar Cornel West contextualizes the belief of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel within the Jewish prophetic tradition. West describes Heschel as "greatest exemplar of the prophetic legacy of Jerusalem in the ...
  • Goldman, Ari L. (The New York Times, 1994-06-13)
    An obituary for Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, which discusses his life, work, contributions and his considerable influence on the Lubavitch Chassidic movement. It also considers the controversial incident that took ...
  • Chabad.org Staff (Chabad.org, 2004-12-23)
    This is a biographical sketch of Rabbit Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the most prominent and best-known leader of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement. The article states that he was the "most phenomenal Jewish personality of modern ...
  • Rosen, Jeremy (The Algemeiner, 2020-01-26)
    An essay on "You Shall Be as Gods: A Radical Interpretation of the Old Testament and Its Tradition" by Erich Fromm, the prominent Jewish American psychiatrist. Towards the beginning of the essay is the provocative claim ...
  • Maggid 
    Piercy, Marge (Poetry Foundation, 2001)
    In the Passover Seder the Maggid is the telling of the Passover story. This poem is the poet Marge Piercy's commentary on the story. Click on the link above to read it.
  • Heschel, Susannah (The Shalom Center, 2001-09-08)
    A "powerful study by Susannah Heschel of the theological threads of connection between her father and Dr. Martin Luther King" At the time she wrote this article Susannah Heschel was Abba Hillel Silver Professor of Jewish ...
  • Jackson, Lindsey; Wertheimer, Jack (New Books Network, 2019-10-29)
    An audio interview with Jack Wertheimer, author of "The New American Judaism: How Jews Practice their Religion Today" (Princeton UP, 2018). "Wertheimer argues that American Jews are indeed engaging with Judaism, albeit ...
  • Angel, Marc D. (Ideals (jewishideas.org), 2019-12-18)
    The writer is Dr. Rabbi Marc D. Angel, " Founder and Director of the Institute for Jewish Ideas and Ideals (jewishideas.org), and Editor of its journal, Conversations. He is Rabbi Emeritus of the Spanish and Portuguese ...
  • Piercy, Marge (Poetry Foundation. Originally published by Alfred A. Knopf, 2006)
    A poem by the Jewish American writer Marge Piercy, on the occasion of Rosh Hashanah. Click on the link above to access.
  • Chabad.org (Chabad.org, 2019)
    This article describes the meaning and observance of Rosh Hashana from the Orthodox perspective of the American Jewish Chabad. The article notes that Rosh Hashana means "Head of the Year": "Just like the head controls the ...
  • My Jewish Learning (My Jewish Learning, 2019)
    This article provides a basic description of Rosh Hashanah from the perspective of My Jewish Learning, "the largest nonprofit, nondenominational Jewish media organization in North America." Click on the link to read the article.
  • Cohen, Leonard (YouTube, 2006-08-29)
    Based on the prayer “U’Netaneh Tokef,” recited at Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, Leonard Cohen created the poem and song "Who By Fire." In this performance he is accompanied by the great saxophonist Sonny Rollins. Click ...
  • Schoenfeld, Stuart (Canadian Journal of Sociology, 1978)
    "The question of similarities and differences between the Jewish community of Canada and that of the United States is examined with respect to religious organizations, attitudes and practices." Click on the link above to ...
  • Chabad.org (Chabad.org, 2019)
    This Web Page discusses the meaning of the holiday of Shavuot, the commemoration of when the Jewish people received the Torah ton Mount Sinai, and how it is celebrated. It also explains why it is traditional to eat dairy ...
  • Cohen, Emily; Best Adler, Jake (2018)
    This is a haggadah created by two Reconstructionist rabbinical students.It provides instructions for the seder as well as explanations. Click on the icon to read the Hamilton Haggadah.

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