Monthly Archives: November 2012

What does the Qur’ān say about the Chosen People and Holy Land?

I published a version of this article in a volume honoring Prof. Boulatta. This was written approx.. Spring 2001 and was circulated but as far as I can recall, never published or posted on the web. What does the Qur’ān say about the Chosen Peop… Continue reading

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Responses to an Imam’s questions about Anti-Semitism and the supposedly Anti-Islamic West.

I wrote this back in June, 2004, responding to an inquiry passed along by Prof. Khaleel Mohammad (San Diego State University) to some of his colleagues. The inquiry was from an Imam who characterized himself as not being an Anti-Semite, or being a… Continue reading

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See, the Conquering Hero Comes and the Hebrew Hanukkah tradition

Hebrew versions of Handel’s beloved “See the Conqu’ring Hero” chorus from the oratorio Judas Maccabeus emerged in in the Land of Israel in the first half of the 20th century, to meet the need for children’s songs, especially celebrating … Continue reading

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At the funeral of Marvin Hamlisch

(Written August 15, 2012) At the funeral of Marvin Hamlisch, there were, of course, performances of songs he wrote, and a eulogy by Bill Clinton. It was also reported that the funeral included this line of poetry: “Oh, he had one more melody, an… Continue reading

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Vays Nitl

Mandy Patinkin’s rendition of “White Christmas” is about as far from the Shopping-mall Muzak or Bing Crosby as you can imagine. וײַס יטל איך חולם פֿון אַ וײַסן יטל אָר אַזאַ יטל איך פאַר… Continue reading

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The news from Israel today (cross border escalation–Gaza and Golan)

The news from Israel suggests that tensions are escalating. I think there is reason to be disturbed about cross-border shelling in Golan. The worry has been that the Asad regime has kept the border largely quiet—and it is not clear whether the l… Continue reading

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PROGRAM and WORDS-Essential Music of the Holocaust: History and Hope, University of Wyoming, Nov.4.2012.docx

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