Critical survey of the contemporary practice of Yiddish song in America, with emphasis on its relation to past traditions and present concerns, most particularly the Holocaust and the construction of Jewish identities through musical performances.
A selection of writings by scholars and folklorists, mostly of introductions to Jewish folk song collections, arranged by topics and chronologically. Each entry is accompanied by a short contextualization by the author. It provides an overview of the development of the modern conceptualization of Jewish folksongs in Central European learned circles of musicians and Jewish studies scholars.
A classical Eastern Sephardi rendition of the Sabbath Eve Qiddush (the Sanctification of the Sabbath over a cup of wine) recited by the head of the family before the festive meal. The text includes introductory verses (Genesis 2:1-3) the blessing over the wine and the blessing of the Sabbath. The piece ends with a vocalization and Haim Effendi’s blessing “Shabbat shalom siñores” (“A peaceful Sabbath my friends”).
An overview of JM under Islam arranged according to historical and geographical criteria. It also includes a substantial bibliography and discography on the subject. The same encyclopedia, available in a restricted online version, includes many other biographical entries on musicians.