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The legacy of Holland’s Jewish cantorial music

December 3, 2021 The legacy of Holland’s Jewish cantorial music By Barbara Sofer Among the public gatherings in Holland regretfully canceled this week because of coronavirus is a Hanukkah concert. It was to have been performed in the storied Main Hall of the Royal Concertgebouw, one of the world’s most glorious emporiums of music. The …

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The Jewish bookshelf of Tiferet Binyamin

November 19, 2021 The Jewish bookshelf of Tiferet Binyamin By Barbara Sofer It started with a bookshelf.Usually when we use the term “Jewish bookshelf,” we mean the compendium of basic texts – Torah, Talmud and Commentaries plus more contemporary books of Jewish thought and philosophy. A typical sentence might be: “We want to introduce newcomers …

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21 years after ‘dying,’ Shimon Ohana celebrates son’s bar mitzvah – opinion

October 22, 2021 21 years after ‘dying,’ Shimon Ohana celebrates son’s bar mitzvah – opinion By Barbara Sofer I might have forgotten the upcoming anniversary if I hadn’t run into Avi Rivkind in the Zoti Coffee Shop in the Hadassah Ein Kerem mall, where medical staff recharge their caffeine. Twenty-one years this week. The Second Intifada. …

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Sukkah reading: Focusing on guests you’d invite this Sukkot

September 24, 2021 Sukkah reading: Focusing on guests you’d invite this Sukkot – opinion By Barbara Sofer This isn’t a book review column. Nonetheless, at this time of our lives when staycations are more convenient than vacations because of the pandemic and the increase of traffic, reading in the sukkah is a simple pleasure.  If “summer reading” …

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Kids say the darndest and sweetest things about Israel

September 10, 2021 Kids say the darndest and sweetest things about Israel By Barbara Sofer As the longtime annual chronicler of “Things I Love About Israel” each Independence Day, I was intrigued to receive a folder of white-lined paper from Rivka Gross, an English teacher in the Branco Weiss High School in Beit Shemesh. My …

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