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Happy Birthday, Mr. Ginsberg

The beat poet would have been 83.

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Sundown: Oh, the Siddurs You’ll Own!

Abortion, gay marriage, and rock ‘n’ roll.

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Speak, Leonard

Now, I heard there was a secret chord…

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Early Music

An introduction to the beguiling melodies of maftirim

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Redemption Songs

We have, by now, heard the story of the Holocaust

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Rainbow Coalition

For an album with a much-celebrated wide range of cultural influences

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Hallelujah Time

The polarizing power of Leonard Cohen’s classic song

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Isn’t He Romantic

Uncovering the lost works of Felix Mendelssohn

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Crossing Melodies

Gregorian chant meets Judeo-Iraqi songs of prayer in Miami

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Rock of Ages

From the archives: Love among the menorahs

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Call and Response

Cabaret-punk band Barbez pays tribute to Paul Celan

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Bleeding Melodies

Composer Osvaldo Golijov

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The Comfort Zone

In our apartment, I learned French and read Shakespeare. Outside of it, things got a bit more complicated.

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Blues Brother

With a little self-invention and a lot of talent, Doc Pomus left his mark on rock ‘n’ roll

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La Nona Kanta

Flory Jagoda sings the songs of her great-great-great-great-great grandparents

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Minstrel Show

Parodies that make us cringe today used to make people roar. A music critic discovers Abie Cohen, the Jewish version of Aunt Jemima.

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Sway to the Music

Bluesman Jeremiah Lockwood finds his voice in his grandfather’s liturgical repertoire

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Oudist Colony

Talking with Jewlia Eisenberg about the Algerian divas who rock her world

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A Different March

Sufjan Stevens makes a record his own way

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Beautiful Loser

With a new documentary and a book of poems, Leonard Cohen is primed for a comeback. For Suzanne Snider, he never went away.

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Roots Music

Galeet Dardashti finds the Israeli audience her grandfather never had

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So Long Nasty

The Beastie Boys grew up, and so did I

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Silver Lining

David Berman learns to live up to his band name

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Showtime at the Apollo

Idan Raichel mixes traditional Ethiopian music, prayers, and funky beats to create dance tracks that speak to young Israelis

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Beats Without Borders

Balkan Beat Box’s diaspora mix

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My Son, the Assimilator

Allan Sherman’s page in the American songbook

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Immaterial Girl

Madonna, Kabbalah, and me

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Ghetto Music

When Italians fell for klezmer, Francesco Spagnolo tuned them in to the forgotten sounds of their own people

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Pulling Out the Stops

The rise and fall of the synagogue organ

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From Bukhara With Love

The music of central Asia by way of Queen