An Intimate Look at the First Scholar of Jewish Music

Born in Russian-ruled Latvia in 1882, Abraham Tzvi Idelsohn was the founding father of Jewish musicology, who dedicated much of his life to recording and analyzing traditional Jewish music from around the world. He was also a composer, whose works include a Hebrew-language opera based on the biblical story of Jephthah, and possibly the lyrics to Havah Nagilah. Trained as a cantor in his youth, Idelsohn had a remarkable career that brought him to Germany, South Africa, Ottoman Palestine, and Cincinnati. In a Hebrew letter composed by his daughter Shoshanah Idelsohn, reminiscing about her Jerusalem childhood, James Loeffler and Edwin Seroussi have found a rare perspective on Idelsohn’s private life, and the depths of his passion for the subject of his research:

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More about: Hebrew, Jewish music, Jewish studies, Ottoman Palestine

The War in Yemen Will End When the Houthis Are Defeated

Oct. 22 2021

The Biden administration took office with promises to “end” the civil war in Yemen and ease the humanitarian crisis there. And so it has reduced U.S. assistance to the Saudi-led Arab coalition that has been supporting the country’s pre-2015 government against the Iran-backed Houthi rebels, and pressured Riyadh to scale down its military efforts. By doing so, Washington hopes it will encourage the two sides to negotiate a compromise, rather than simply encourage the Houthis to keep fighting until they conquer the whole country. Oved Lobel argues that this entire line of thinking is based on a fundamental misapprehension of the situation:

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More about: Anti-Semitism, Iran, Joseph Biden, Saudi Arabia, U.S. Foreign policy, Yemen