High Holiday Prayers Set to Music—Persian Style

Beginning before Rosh Hashanah—the exact date varies from one community to another—observant Jews recite special penitential prayers called s’liḥot, which are properly said in the middle of the night. Last year, Rabbi Ruben Malekan sang some of these prayers to their traditional Iranian Jewish melodies at a rare concert. He was joined by Manoochehr Sadeghi, a master player of a dulcimer-like instrument known as the santur, by Cantor Michael Stein (playing the guitar and oud), and Jared Stein on the violin and shofar. More information about the performance can be found here. (Video, 66 minutes. The music begins around the 16:35 mark.)

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More about: Jewish music, Liturgical music, Persian Jewry, Prayer

Thoughts on Yitzhak Rabin’s Assassination, a Quarter-Century On

On the Jewish calendar, today is the 25th anniversary of Prime Minister Yitzḥak Rabin’s assassination at the hands of a fellow Jewish Israeli. Rabin, after a long and impressive career in the military and in politics, had not long beforehand signed the Oslo Accords, and was murdered by a zealous opponent of that decision. Reflecting on the occasion, David Horovitz writes:

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More about: Israeli politics, Oslo Accords, Yitzhak Rabin