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Pianist Evgeny Kissin “Unforgettable” in Concert of Jewish Music and Poetry at Kennedy Center 

Pianist Evgeny Kissin “Unforgettable” in Concert of Jewish Music and  an exploration of Jewish music and Yiddish poetry–both performed by him.

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Berkeley Richmond Jewish Community Center — 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. 1414 Walnut St. Art, exercise, Hebrew and Yiddish, yoga, photography.
arts, culture & judaica | Bucharest’s Jewish theater once again struggles to
bucharest, romania | When secret police opened fire on protesters near her home, Maia Morgenstern headed for the Jewish State Theater. It was 1989 and Morgenstern, then 27, and a few of her friends took refuge in the theater as protesters outside 
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American Jews: The true Hollywood story
The once elusive Jewish cinematic undercurrents were now blatantly supported by the antiwar, rebellious American cultural revolutions, which attracted young Hollywood writers, directors, and performers who were not ashamed to embrace their Jewishness 
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arts, culture & judaica | Performing Wagner: How Jewish colleagues reconciled
Art challenges us with all manner of serrated edges, not least the paradox that beautiful and beloved works can be produced by loathsome — or at least deeply flawed — people. Often it becomes easier over time to ignore the repugnant personalities and 
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‘Too Holy To Print’: The Forbidden Books of Jewish Magic
Tablet Magazine
That magic was taboo, however, does not mean that its adepts were viewed as evil or in rebellion against the authority of Jewish tradition. Magical adepts could be culturalheroes, and magical prowess so attractive and impressive that its attribution 
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L.A. music fest aims to prove Sephardic culture rocks
The Jewish Journal of Greater L.A.
Sephardic music traces its roots to the Jews of medieval Spain and is often composed inHebrew as well as in Ladino, the Judeo-Spanish language that was to Sephardic Jewswhat Yiddish was to Ashkenazim. Safar’s festival has featured many artists who 
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Authors Polacco, Snyder and Bascomb receive 2014 Sydney Taylor Awards
The Jewish Journal of Greater L.A.
Winners of the Sydney Taylor Awards, honoring the best of Jewish children’s literature, were announced last week. The awards are named after the author of the perennial favorite, “All of a Kind Family,” one of the only Jewish books listed on the recent 
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Funds donated to conserve 5 Jewish sites
San Diego Jewish World
The sites that will benefit from this award are extraordinary places both for their architectural beauty and their significance as an educational resource for telling the history of Jewish culture around the world.” schola canton. Aron Kodesh, Schola 
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Time is of the essence in ‘Zol Zayn’ exhibition
The Jewish Journal of Greater L.A.
“For Jews, thinking about the end of the world is really about the here and now, and thinking about how to make the here and now a better place in preparation.” For “End(s) of the World,” Becker and 31 collaborators shot video at locations across the 
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Jewish cultural arts degree will train leaders for summer camps, museums
GW Hatchet (subscription)
Two of GW’s graduate schools will pair up to launch a program that promises to prepare leaders of Jewish cultural programs, like museums and summer camps. The master’s degree in experiential education and Jewish cultural arts is the first of its kind 
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Incubating Jewish experiences
The goal of this program is to efficiently create and launch camps with a concentrated focus on specific activities, and to couple that focus with a mission to weave Jewish culture, values and learning throughout the camp program. The first cohort of 
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Jewish diversity should be preserved, professor says

However, Weiser, Silber family professor of modern Jewish studies at York University where he also teaches Yiddish, would go to events with his

Kabbalistic Secrets for Lasting Relationships

Adar I 27, 5774 · February 27, 2014
This Week’s Features

By Rivkah Slonim

The Power of Optimism

By Dov Greenberg
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Getting “Somewhere”

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Talmudic Principles on Retroactive Disqualification, Lesson 3

By Binyomin Bitton
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Life Lessons from Parshat Pekudei

By Yehoshua B. Gordon
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Practical Parshah – Pekudei

By Mendel Kaplan
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The Gold Band Worn by the High Priest

Aaron L. Raskin
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PARSHAH PICKS: The Golden Tzitz (Pekudei)

By Mendy Kaminker
By Lazer Gurkow

A person must behave in a way that is beyond reproach, both the reproach of G‑d and of his fellow man.

By Aryeh Citron

History’s pages are littered with examples of prodigies who blossomed and then faded.

By Elisha Greenbaum

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: How Do Torah and Mitzvahs Contribute to World Peace?

How Do Torah and Mitzvahs Contribute to World Peace?
Adar I 27, 5774 · February 27, 2014

Take a moment to imagine the following scenario. Bored with your job and the same daily routine, you decide one day to do something radically different. You take a crash course on robotic computer programming, and discover an unknown aptitude and penchant for this kind of work. After some preliminary projects, you get started on your real masterpiece, your own mini-world, replete with plant, animal, and functional human-like life.

Your robots are each created with a special task in mind. Each has its own niche in your world. At first, your creations are well in tune with your plans, and life is harmonious.

After some time, the robots grow restless. They begin to explore their own freedom and ability to do as they please. Your carefully designed blueprint is ignored. Your robots lose interest in the purpose you had in mind for them, and look for their own meaning, and sometimes find it in places which wreak havoc on the mini-universe. The place is becoming chaotic.

Desperate, you decide to be bit less subtle. You call a mass meeting with all the robots and lay out your plans: Each creation has their own unique purpose, each has a predetermined way to fulfill it, and living in the manner you had envisioned for them will secure their ultimate happiness.

Your robots have chutzpah. They’re not going to take this lying down. “How can you claim to know what’s best for us?” “How do we know this is a good idea?” “Who says listening to you will bring any peace to this chaotic world?”

But of course you know best. You programmed the world! You designed every detail! If your creations would follow your dictates, existence would be perfect.

Each of us has a purpose in this world. The Master Designer has a plan worked out for us to the most minute detail. The job of every Jew is to follow Torah’s instructions, and that of any Gentile is to observe the seven Noahide laws as instructed by G‑d. How does that ensure world peace? The same way your robots will achieve peace by following your instructions. He designed this place. He knows best.

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The Fabulous Single Life

by Shira S.
7 tips on how to really thrive while being single.

How Do I Stop a Harmful Habit?

by Lauren Roth
How can someone change a habit or their thought process?

Video: Cell Phones on a Plane

by Mrs. Lori Palatnik
Why it’s a terrible idea.

Video: Shaking Hands with Women

by Rabbi Yaakov Salomon
Would you support a candidate who doesn’t shake hands with the opposite sex?

A Glimmer of Vinaigrettes

by Lauren Stacy Berdy
Maximize flavor with these easy to prepare and even easier to use dressings.

Fulfilling Our Potential

by Rabbi Yehonasan Gefen
Greatness comes to those who undertake the responsibility to complete the task.

Way #18: The Use of Physical Pleasure

by Rabbi Noah Weinberg
The physical world is for our pleasure. Spiritual growth comes through elevating the mundane world.

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by Sara Yoheved Rigler
Living in a world where appearances mask reality.

Almost done; living in hope

Almost done; living in hopePosted: 27 Feb 2014 08:48 AM PST

There’s a particular energy which comes from the momentum of a big creative project approaching fruition. It’s a combination of excitement, anticipation, glee, eager nervousness, hope. Above all, hope. Hope that this prayerbook reaches the people who need it. Hope that I have made something worthwhile, something of use.

I scroll through the draft, admiring the product of countless hours of work. I discover a new image I want to include, dash off an email asking permission to reprint, teeter at the edge of my chair until that permission is granted.

I spend hours learning to use online image-editing software so that I can take apart the cover (designed for a left-to-right book) and reconstitute it for a right-to-left printing. Then I ask an actual graphic designer to do it better.

It’s a little bit like anticipating a birth. So many months (or in this case, years) have gone into growing and shaping this creation. Soon it will be born into the world, and people’s response to it will be beyond my control.

I go through phases where the project consumes me, and all I want to do is read it and reread it. I proofread again, searching for typos, making sure the internal page references are all correct.

I look back through correspondence and silently thank God again for everyone who agreed to let me include their work for free, because they believe in the project. I hope the project will live up to their expectations.

I try not to imagine the project’s reception, or who will use it, or how it might speak to the people who use it — and of course I fail. All I can think about is seeing this book in someone else’s hands, hoping ardently that it is enriching their prayer experience. There’s that hope again. It fills my chest as the presence of God filled the mishkan, displacing everything else.

And maybe no one will ever use what I have spent so long shaping. I need to be okay with that, just as when I put a poem (or a collection of poems) out into the world. How can I be okay with that? But becoming okay with that — that’s part of the work, too. This is my offering: to God, to community, to whoever thirsts. And it’s almost done.

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