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That one special High Holiday tune

August 27, 2010

This time of year always seems to bring on that yearning to hear that one song or melody from your childhood or from your previous congregation. For many years, I attended a small Sephardic shul. The melodies were very different from the ones that I had grown up with – a combination of soulful Ashkenazi chants, Debbie Friedman melodies, and contemporary choral works.

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What's Cooking?

August 19, 2010

As promised, a sample of our newest acquisitions.

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What’s New and What’s News @ The Frances-Henry Library

August 17, 2010

“Intensives” = our existential state @ HUC-LA this week: four days of intense study in preparation for the new school year. This term also describes our own preparations aimed at making your presence and use of the Library pleasant and easy.

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Salomon Plessner’s First Publication

August 05, 2010

Salomon Plessner (1797-1883), an outstanding Orthodox Jewish preacher in 19th century Germany, is also remembered for his translation of the entire Apocrypha into Hebrew, which appeared in Berlin in 1833.

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Fishing for favorite podcasts

July 23, 2010

In honor of my new (and first) iPod, I thought I would highlight some of the podcasts that I’ve been downloading and enjoying.

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Audio Tanach

May 11, 2010

The Jewish Publication Society is publishing the Tanach on mp3 files. You can hear the portion of the week here.

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This book is OVERDUE!

May 07, 2010

No, I’m not sending out a mass scolding … I’m reading a wonderful new book with that title by Marilyn Johnson. While the real subtitle is “How librarians and cybrarians can save us all” it just as well could have been “All Librarians Great and Small.”

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Banned Books Week 2009

May 07, 2010

Banned Books Week has come and is almost gone, but it presents an opportunity to discuss an issue that constantly engages us as Jewish and academic librarians: should we practice a limited form of self-censorship when it comes to publications that make us or our readers uncomfortable?

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