The Blessing over Coca-Cola: Between Secularity and Transcendence

By Joel E. Rubin

Jewish Family & Life (JFL Media), September 2005

The author describes how he came to Jewish musical traditions as an adult and as a secular Jew. He asserts that the great klezmorim of the past had been cherished most of all for their lyrical, contemplative, and moralizing renditions of prayer tunes such as Kol Nidre and El Mole Rahamim. He concludes that the collision of the archaic with the modern lifestyle puzzles and draws him, catching him in the grey area between these two realms.

Topic: Prayer, Yiddish, Holidays, Music, Secularism

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Berrin, Susan

Volume/Issue: Vol.36/no.623

Page Number(s): 10-11

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Rubin, Joel E. The Blessing over Coca-Cola: Between Secularity and Transcendence. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Jewish Family & Life (JFL Media). September 2005: 10-11.


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