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Playlist: High Holidays

Compiled By: Raymond Pang

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Music for the High Holidays

From WQXR | 01:00:01

Music for the High Holidays from WQXR is a one-hour program for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.


Music for the High Holidays from WQXR is a one-hour program for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.  The show includes both traditional and composed music from Jewish liturgy (with a recording of Kol Nidre that features violinist Itzhak Perlman), as well as concert music based on High Holidays melodies.  Written and hosted by WQXR announcer Naomi Lewin, Music for the High Holidays also explains a bit about the Jewish new year and its traditions -- there’s even a website recipe!   Suitable for Rosh Hashanah, which begins at sundown on Sunday, September 13th, 2015, and any time through Yom Kippur, which is on Tuesday, September 22nd.

The Shofar Sounds the High Holy Days

From James Pullen | 04:22

Jerry Sloat has been sounding the shofar for 40 years at Congregation Har HaShem in Boulder. Jerry talks about the significance of the shofar and sounds the four blasts of the High Holiday.

P1010118_2small_small Tonight at sundown, Yom Kippur, the Jewish festival of the Day of Atonement, begins. Yom Kippur marks the end of the ten days of repentance that began with Rosh Hashanah. In the Torah, Rosh Hashanah is called the day of sounding the shofar. The shofar is sounded on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

Jerry Sloat has been sounding the shofar for 40 years at Congregation Har HaShem in Boulder. Jerry speaks about the shofar and its significance in the High Holy Days.

The Jewish new year, Rosh Hashanah

From Mississippi Public Broadcasting | Part of the Sounds Jewish series | 59:00

Songs that reflect Rosh Hashanah's transformational power as Jews seek to get right with themselves.

Sj_logo_small Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, arrives this week – ushering in the year 5774. But Rosh Hashanah is much more than a day to celebrate. This week on “Sounds Jewish,” songs that reflect the holiday's transformational power as Jews seek to get right with themselves, with others and the universe.

Re:sound - The Dinner Table Show

From Third Coast International Audio Festival | Part of the 2015 Re:sound Specials, from the Third Coast Audio Festival series | 59:00

This hour: the dinner table and all that it inspires.


This hour: the dinner table and all that it inspires. 

Big Night
by Jonathan Goldstein (This American Life [WBEZ], 2002)
Producer Jonathan Goldstein made every girl he ever dated watch the home movie of his family's Rosh Hashanah dinner he made when he was 17. He hoped that seeing his family life on film might make the women more sympathetic to his shortcomings
Naked Dinner
by Gwen Macsai (Weekend Edition Saturday [NPR], 2005)
Once a month in New York, a particular group of friends gathers to dine at various restaurants around Manhattan... nude. Re:sound host, Gwen Macsai, has this report from her first Clothing Optional Dinner at a restaurant called Dorian's.

Dreaming of Fat Men [Excerpt]
by Lorelei Harris (Documentary on One [RTÉ Radio 1], 1994)
Five very fat women meet to feast and discuss their relationship with food. Dreaming Of Fat Men is at once funny and sad and presents a portrait of women, food and desire that is rarely seen.
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A Square Meal, Regardless
by Jennifer Nathan (Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, 2007)
When Cedric Chambers and John Gallagher met by chance 45 years ago, neither imagined that they’d be caring for each other into old age. But after John’s wife passed away and his children moved across the country, John turned to Cedric when he was diagnosed with lung cancer. Together they faced the end of his life.

Happy Birthday, Darling!
by Dmitry Nikolaev (Radio Russia Kultura, 2013)
A story of how love can turn into a hatred that destroys everything and kills everybody... but performed in a wordless radio pantomime. 

This I Believe - Eddie Cantor

From This I Believe | Part of the Edward R. Murrow's This I Believe series | 04:20

Eddie Cantor talks about work, family, and faith.

Default-piece-image-1 Singer and comedian Eddie Cantor was a leading star of Vaudeville. He lost a personal fortune in the 1929 stock market crash but made it back through his successful career on Broadway and in radio, records and films. Cantor was a founder of the poliio charity, March of Dimes, and the first president of the Screen Actors Guild. TRANSCRIPT: I?ll never forget the first time I went to a buffet supper. The fancy dishes were too much for me. After a bad attack of indigestion, I concluded simple foods were best. So it has been with life. I suffered mental and spiritual indigestion until I stuck to staples?work, family, faith. It?s been a winning combination for me. My family was the inspiration for my work. My work has been a success because of my partner. In show business, I?m known as a single act. This is not true. Every step of the way, I walked hand in hand with faith. This partnership began, I think, because as a child, we only had one book in the house: The Bible. I took every word literally. If little David, with God?s help, could slay the giant Goliath, it would be an easy matter for me overcome poverty and lack of education. I tried to follow all the precepts of the good book. But one in particular appealed to me, perhaps because of its practical aspects: ?Cast thy bread upon the waters, and thou shalt find it after many days.? I made it my guide. In October of 1949, when I had the choice of doing a guest shot on radio or playing a benefit for refugee children at Grossinger?s Hotel in the Catskills, I referred to my guide and chose Grossinger?s. My bread came back to me not after many days, but that very night. I found Eddie Fisher, a boy who added much to my shows and brought me great personal happiness. One time, when I was starring in a Ziegfeld show, opening night fell on Yom Kippur, a high holy day for the Jews. I could not open. Did I suffer? No. A Jewish organization applauded this decision by sending a check to my pet project, Surprise Lake Camp, where poor children are given a holiday in the country. My life has been a series of proofs that The Bible is not only a literary masterpiece, but a workable theory for living. Running a close second to this book with all the answers has been my family. In an often insecure world, this was my haven?the one element I knew was unchanging. In good times, their pride in my accomplishments was a never-ending source of joy. In bad, the inspiration to push forward. I?ll never forget 1929; everything I had was swept away. My spirit might have gone with my assets if it hadn?t been for my wife and children. Their confidence in my ability to succeed again made me ashamed to settle for less. This is only one instance. In my forty years of marriage, my wife has never failed me. Each of my five daughters is a person I?d be proud to know if she were not my child. I?ve been happy most of my life because of these things, in which I believe: work, family, faith.