Airs Monday, September 24 at 1:00 p.m. Music and Liturgy for Yom Kipur, (The Day of Atonement) Sung by The Western Wind with Guest Cantors, Narrated by Leonard Nimoy. Leonard Nimoy and The Western Wind Vocal Ensemble explore the rich and profound musical and spiritual traditions of the Jewish High Holy Days. The Birthday of the World presents some of the most inspiring music of the Jewish Liturgy performed by The Western Wind, guest singers and four internationally renowned cantors. Musical selections include Avinu Malkeinu, Kol Nidre, El Maleh Rachamim, traditional chant and composed works by Sulzer, Secunda and Nowakowsky. A narration performed by actor Leonard Nimoy elucidates the important prayers and illuminates the deeper structure of the liturgy.
Airs Sunday, September 23 at 7:00 p.m. Host Larry Josephson talks with Rabbi Ismar Schorsch, Chancellor Emeritus of the Jewish Theological Seminary, about the history, liturgy and customs of the Jewish High Holy Days, and the value of these ancient rituals in the modern age. The Jewish High Holy Days are the most solemn time on the Jewish calendar. The ten-day period between Rosh Hashanah (The Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) are a period of renewal and reflection. Larry Josephson talks with Rabbi Ismar Schorsch, Chancellor Emeritus of the Jewish Theological Seminary, about the history, liturgy and customs of the High Holy Days, and the value of these ancient rituals in the modern age. Music appropriate to the High Holy Days is interspersed throughout.
Airs Wednesday, September 19 at 2:00 p.m. Music and teachings from the Jewish mystical tradition on the High Holy Days. Each year, on the evening of the new moon, the beginning of the month of Tishrei in the Jewish lunar calendar, Jewish people around the world begin a period of prayer and self-examination that ends, ten days later, with a twenty-four hour fast. These are the High Holy Days, beginning with Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and ending with Yom Kippur, the day of atonement. These days are a time to reflect on the past year and to realign life with truth and wisdom, to prepare for a new year's challenges. In this program, Kabbalistic teacher, therapist, and author of "Sacred Therapy," Estelle Frankel and Cantor Richard Kaplan share the depths of insight accumulated by the Jewish mystical tradition of the Kabbalah. They discuss the insights in stories, teachings and music, gathered from that rich tradition.