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Who Knew Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Son Is Revolutionizing World Music?

Jewish Music - Mon, 07/04/2016 - 7:00am
Ronald Litke, The Jewish Daily Forward

Jewish roots are emerging in contemporary music from remarkably diverse performers who are often not Jewish. Beyond the intriguing klezmer revival , there’s a steadily growing movement of typically classically trained musicians who are discovering mostly European Jewish music as a base for alchemical combinations of past and present.

When classical guitarist Denis Azabagic, originally from Bosnia, and his wife, flutist Eugenia Moliner, who hails from Spain, visited his family back home in the mid-1990s, Azabagic recalls his great-aunt talking to his wife in Spanish.

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Goose Fat for the Soul

Jewish Books - Mon, 07/04/2016 - 7:00am
by Gloria Levitas for Moment Magazine

Book Review of Rhapsody in Schmaltz: Yiddish Food and Why We Can’t Stop Eating It by Michael Wex
Rhapsody in Schmaltz is not a book to devour in one sitting, nor should it be casually nibbled. Something of an oxymoron, this witty, entertaining volume overflows with food for thought and thoughts about food. It is stuffed with Talmudic arguments, biblical injunctions, slyly sexual linguistic tropes, and an exploration of the intimate relationship between Yiddish food and metaphor. Wex, a Canadian novelist, professor, linguist, Talmud scholar, cultural analyst and standup comedian, is best known for Born to Kvetch (2005), his hilarious yet profound analysis of Yiddish language and culture. This new volume is its more-than-worthy successor.

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