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Music Man and Mensch: Lan Qiu

The Jewish tunes most familiar around the globe undoubtedly are the catchy “If I Were a Rich Man” from “Fiddler on the Roof” or the folksy wedding staple “Hava Nagila.” But to generations of Jewish people worldwide, the “Kol Nidre,” with its haunting melody, is the song that most resonates as it brings to mind…

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September Calendar

Through SEPT. 20 Lucky Stiff, a zany, offbeat and very funny musical murder mystery farc.  At Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W Paradise Lane, Peoria. azbroadway.org SEPT.1 Hadassah VOS talk on sex trafficking. See page 79 SEPT. 2-6 Red Rocks Music Festival in Phoenix and Sedona. See page 28 SEPT. 3, 10, 17, 24 Moral Choice…

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A Personal Essay for Mother’s Day

Having had my mother for only the first five years of my life, I am probably the least likely person to write about mothers. This lack, however, I believe has made me a keen observer. It has also made me continually surprised and awed by the joys and challenges of motherhood. My memories are very…

The Perfect Gift

By Debra Rich Gettleman, December 2014 I got these pink boxing gloves for Hanukkah last year. They were the only gift that really spoke to me. Well, along with the complete set of Dick Van Dyke DVDs. (That’s funny. If you abbreviate Dick Van Dyke, it’s the same as DVD. Hmmm.) Anyway, both gifts were…

J.Kids & Teens: Hanukkah Highlights

By Staff, December 2014 Hanukkah, or dedication in Hebrew, commemorates the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem following the triumph of the Maccabees over the Syrians (who had outlawed Judaism) in the second century BCE. The miracle of the Temple’s meager one-day supply of oil lasting for eight until a new supply could be…

Hanukkah in Israel

After 17 Hanukkahs here, one thing about the way the Festival of Lights is celebrated in Israel never ceases to amaze me: the total absence of Christmas. In the States, Hanukkah’s relation to Christmas is of crucial concern. The more the two holidays overlap, the more that Jews will be celebrating their winter holiday at…

High Holy Days: Judaism in the Desert

Congregations around the state hold services throughout the high holiday season. Check our online calendar (azjewishlife.com/calendar) for services near you. Erev Rosh Hashanah: Sept. 24 Rosh Hashanah: Sept. 25-26 The Jewish New Year begins at sundown Sept. 24 and continues for the next two days. The holiday celebrates the creation of the world and is…

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