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On Changes in Jewish Liturgy: Options and Limitations
On Changes in Jewish Liturgy: Options and Limitations
by Daniel Sperber
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $21.10
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for scholars and general interest readers, August 12, 2013
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Danny Sperber is a real master at explaining difficult material and condensing complex literary sources into a manageable, readable text. This book is fully annotated but for non-scholars who don't particularly want to follow every side path, they are kept as notes rather than creating long meanders in the text. Though Rabbi Dr. Sperber is personally very punctilious in his own Orthodox practice, this book treats non-Orthodox liturgies and those who create and use them respectfully. I found it a good read, as I have found several other of Sperber's books.


The Jewish 2013-2014 Engagement Calendar: Jewish Year 5774
The Jewish 2013-2014 Engagement Calendar: Jewish Year 5774
by New York The Jewish Museum
Edition: Calendar
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great item for Luddites like me, August 12, 2013
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I'm one of those Luddites who choose not to have a Smartphone or other electronic gizmo to keep my appointments. If Jewish dates and data such as candle-lighting times, parshiot and the like matter to you, this is the appointment book to get. It notes every Jewish, American and Canadian holiday. It has just enough room for me to scribble in appointments. The photos and illustrations are not the ordinary stuff. I like the spiral binding as it lies nice and flat. I have only two very minor complaints:
1. On some pages, photo inserts in the margins wander too far into the space on which one would normally write in appointments.
2. Most years, the engagement calendar is only published two months or so before Rosh Hashanah. My slow time is in June and it would be great to have it even as early as May so I can map things out.


American Music For Tuba: Something Old Something New
American Music For Tuba: Something Old Something New
Price: $16.06
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent sampler of contemporary tuba and euphonium music, August 12, 2013
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Zerkel's choice of material is excellent. For those who are not familiar with some of the classic pieces in the contemporary tuba and euphonium literature, this is a superb introduction, with a nice mix (as the title states) of "old" classics (late 60's and 70's) with stuff right off the press. The recording quality is excellent as are the performances.


The Essence of Shinto: Japan's Spiritual Heart
The Essence of Shinto: Japan's Spiritual Heart
by Motohisa Yamakage
Edition: Hardcover
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent account of current state of Shinto, October 18, 2011
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I teach a course in Comparative Religion at Castleton State College here in Vermont. Most available short introductions to Shinto deal with ancient history. This book is a great, lively yet short and highly readable account of Shinto practice today, with a much more universal message than one usually gets from other sources. It is the best thin volume intro to the tradition that I have found. Shinto is often viewed as chauvinistic, closed-minded religion for Japanese only. The author offers insights from Shinto tradition that would be of use to anyone interested in healing the world.--Rabbi Doug Weber


Music for Euphonium & Orch
Music for Euphonium & Orch
Price: $11.07
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4.0 out of 5 stars Astounding playing, August 14, 2011
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If you've never experienced the unique timbre and other special qualities of the euphonium, this is a great place to start the grand tour. Mr. Frischer displays complete technical mastery of this popularly misunderstood instrument, whizzing through ultra-fast passages with seemingly no effort, making the pedal tones way in the lower range of the instrument speak clearly and otherwise putting on a clinic on how to make the euphonium sing.

I play euphonium and its larger cousin, the tuba, as an amateur, though many years ago I was a rather serious student in music performance. In those days (35 years ago) no one had the chops to perform at this level. Now, there are a raft of guys (and some women performers, too) who can routinely handle what we used to think of as "screamers," or pieces requiring preposterous levels of virtuosity and technical prowess. As with other instruments, the level of virtuosity expected of our performers has risen exponentially. Mr. Frischer meets them all.

This is also one of the few readily available CD's that are more than euphonium solo or with piano accompaniment. Having a full orchestra makes for a better musical experience overall. The acoustics and engineering are top notch. My one regret (thus the four rather than five star rating which I would reserve for the rarest of cases) is that most of the selections are transcriptions and not music originally written for euphonium.


The Art of Tuba and Euphonium
The Art of Tuba and Euphonium
by Caryl Phillips
Edition: Sheet music
Price: $14.91
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just as described, January 30, 2008
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This short book is just as described and its authorship is about as authoratative as they come. Its a bit dated, in that all sorts of innovations have been made in tuba and euphonium design since its writing. I'm only a serious hobbiest, not a professional tubaist, (I am a rabbi by profession,) so the book is just interesting reading for me. Nice and very practical technical advice; reading helped me remember ways to keep a lid on sloppy playing habits I've developed over the years playing in non-demanding community bands and the like. For a one volume, inexpensive book, it's a great value.


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