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Three members of the author's family singing a song from one of her plays at their seder

While others cook and clean for Passover, I write jokes for Moses, Miriam, Pharaoh, and God – so we can add a play to our family’s retelling of the Exodus from Egypt.

Karen Esther Rood
Individuals dressed in all black costumes acting out the Purim story on a small stage

With a collaborator who wrote a clever script, I took on the role of Haman and joined my fellow actors in singing my lyrics. I also choreographed a couple of numbers, fulfilling my desire to write, sing, act, and dance.

Paula Kaplan-Reiss
Fiddler on the Roof Yiddish

You don’t have to know mamalushen (the mother tongue) to enjoy the hit musical Fidler Afn Dakh, but getting the tam (flavor) of few words will enhance your experience.

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
architectural blueprint

In the Torah portion T’rumah, the word “tavnit” or “pattern” occurs three times, referring to a visual model or maybe a blueprint to follow in building the Tabernacle.

Cantor Barbara Ostfeld
A scene from the jazz opera, Dear Erich

Jazz pianist and composer Ted Rosenthal conceived Dear Erich from 200 letters, written mostly by his grandmother, trapped in Nazi Germany, to his father, safe in America.

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
Young woman in profile with a ponytail and sunglasses wearing earbuds

A song – and its sentiment of humility and gratitude – wove its way through a recent trip with my classmates to the Negev desert here in Israel.

Chelsea Feuchs
Screencap from Six13 video of its members faces illuminated against a black background

A cappella music-makers Six13 are back with their new Hanukkah parody song, a very Jewish riff on Queen's iconic "Bohemian Rhapsody."

Kate Kaput
Dancing scene from Fiddler on the Roof

The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene’s (People’s Stage) Yiddish version of Fiddler on the Roof is now playing to full houses and standing ovations in New York City.

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
G-clef and musical notes written in chalk on a blackboard

Nigunim, wordless melodies, can take numerous forms: some are fast and energetic, others are ponderous and slow, still others dance back and forth between joy and sorrow.

Cantor David Berger
Closeup of piano keys

On the night of January 21, 2005, a drunk driver paralyzed me. I was 21 and just starting my music career.

Dave Schlossberg

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