The Yom Kippur Jazz Singer

Scene from the movie The Jazz Singer (1972).One Yom Kippur I watched a great movie, the original 1927 film The Jazz Singer. This was the first "talkie," containing several scenes with sound, although most of it was still silent. The second “talking” scene in the movie - actually, the second non-silent scene in movie history - features a Jewish cantor singing Kol Nidre, a famous Yom Kippur prayer in Aramaic. This alone makes the movie worth watching. Just imagine an American audience in 1927. The first time they see a "talking" movie. And it’s a Rabbi singing a Jewish prayer in Aramaic! Continue reading

Opening the Door with Nehemia Gordon (Open Door Series – Part 5)

In Part 5 of the Open Door Series, Nehemia Gordon teaches on the name that is the source of all blessing and at the heart of the Priestly Blessing. Gordon explains the literal meaning of God’s personal name and the power inherent in its uniqueness. With accounts from the lives of Abraham and David, he addresses the problems of ambiguity and syncretism (the spiritual mixing of seed) that arise when only the titles of God are used. Gordon discusses the great unlikeliness of the Smithfield revival and reveals a 30-year secret about a shut door — and his commitment to not shut the door again.

 

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