The beat poet would have been 83.
Abortion, gay marriage, and rock ‘n’ roll.
Now, I heard there was a secret chord…
An introduction to the beguiling melodies of maftirim
We have, by now, heard the story of the Holocaust
For an album with a much-celebrated wide range of cultural influences
The polarizing power of Leonard Cohen’s classic song
Uncovering the lost works of Felix Mendelssohn
Gregorian chant meets Judeo-Iraqi songs of prayer in Miami
From the archives: Love among the menorahs
Cabaret-punk band Barbez pays tribute to Paul Celan
Composer Osvaldo Golijov
In our apartment, I learned French and read Shakespeare. Outside of it, things got a bit more complicated.
With a little self-invention and a lot of talent, Doc Pomus left his mark on rock ‘n’ roll
Flory Jagoda sings the songs of her great-great-great-great-great grandparents
Parodies that make us cringe today used to make people roar. A music critic discovers Abie Cohen, the Jewish version of Aunt Jemima.
Bluesman Jeremiah Lockwood finds his voice in his grandfather’s liturgical repertoire
Talking with Jewlia Eisenberg about the Algerian divas who rock her world
Sufjan Stevens makes a record his own way
With a new documentary and a book of poems, Leonard Cohen is primed for a comeback. For Suzanne Snider, he never went away.
Galeet Dardashti finds the Israeli audience her grandfather never had
The Beastie Boys grew up, and so did I
David Berman learns to live up to his band name
Idan Raichel mixes traditional Ethiopian music, prayers, and funky beats to create dance tracks that speak to young Israelis
Balkan Beat Box’s diaspora mix
Allan Sherman’s page in the American songbook
Madonna, Kabbalah, and me
When Italians fell for klezmer, Francesco Spagnolo tuned them in to the forgotten sounds of their own people
The rise and fall of the synagogue organ
The music of central Asia by way of Queen