Jewish High Holy Days

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Airs Wednesday, September 27, 2017, at 1 p.m. Music and teachings from the Jewish mystical traditon on the High Holy Days. Each year, on the evening of the new moon, the beginning of the month of Tishrei in the Jewish lunar calendar, Jewish people around the world begin a period of prayer and self-examination that ends, ten days later, with a twenty-four hour fast. These are the High Holy Days, beginning with Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and ending with Yom Kippur, the day of atonement. These days are a time to reflect on the past year and to realign life with truth and wisdom, to prepare for a new year's challenges. In this program, Kabbalistic teacher, therapist, and author of "Sacred Therapy," Estelle Frankel and Cantor Richard Kaplan share the depths of insight accumulated by the Jewish mystical tradition of the Kabbalah. They discuss the insights in stories, teachings and music, gathered from that rich tradition.

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Airs Tuesday, September 26, 2017, at 1 p.m. Music for the High Holidays from WQXR is a new one-hour program for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. The show has both traditional and composed music from Jewish services-- including a brand new recording of Kol Nidre featuring violinist Itzhak Perlman -- as well as concert music based on High Holidays melodies. Written and hosted by WQXR afternoon announcer Naomi Lewin, Music for the High Holidays also explains a bit about the Jewish new year and its traditions.

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Airs Sunday, September 24, 2017, at 7 p.m. Cast out of Jerusalem, cast out of Spain. The Spanish Jews in their travels absorbed the colorful musical accents of Italy, Turkey and North Africa, including exotic percussion. This musical journey interweaves Sephardic folk song with the Monteverdi-like Hebrew choral work of Salamone Rossi – the Songs of Solomon. The daily rhythms of life – love, rejection, feasting and celebration – culminate in the mystical prayers of Shabbat.

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Birthday of the World Part 1 - Airs Monday, September 18, at 8 p.m.

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Airs Thursday, October 6, at 1 p.m. Rosh Hashanah - Highlighting the spiritual and cultural significance of the Jewish High Holy Days, this program celebrates Rosh Hashanah with traditional melodies and classical music selections by Bloch and Handel. Performers include harpist Rachel Van Voorhees, soprano Stacy Lowe, violinist Lisa Rautenberg, and the Western Wind.

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