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Jewish Holiday Music

November 26, 2020

Hanukkah celebration tends to be informal and based on custom rather than law.

History of Auld Lang Syne

It’s almost that time again.   You may not know all the words but you probably will either listen to or participate in singing it.  It’s called Auld Lang Syne.   The song is one of first things you think of when someone mentions the New Year. Why is the song so closely attached to the New… Read More ›

Handel’s Messiah

Handel For many, Christmas music creates joy and inspiration. Among the favorite holiday compositions  is an English-language oratorio composed by Georg Friedrich Handel in 1741, entitled Messiah. Its scriptural text was compiled by Charles Jennens from the King James Bible, and from the version of the Psalms included with the Book of Common Prayer. The… Read More ›


Greensleeves, a Christmas favorite

Greensleeves Melody   As the Christmas season approaches it seems a perfect time to enjoy one of the season’s best-loved melodies, Greensleeves, also known as What Child is This? If you are not familiar with this treasured melody listen  while you read the text below. “Greensleeves” is a traditional English folk song and tune dating… Read More ›

Here’s to Love on Valentine’s Day

Each year on February 14th people celebrate the day by exchanging cards, candy, or flowers with a special person. Do you have any idea as to how it became associated with love and romance? Valentine’s Day Valentine’s Day is thought to have its origins in the Roman pagan holiday Lupercalia, a fertility celebration commemorated annually… Read More ›


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