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The Academic and the Musician. The academic immerses in Kaddish with thoughts of thinking rather than feeling—the emotions being too raw. The musician spends her time in making us feel, whether we want to or not.  And making the music of kaddish. Making music kadosh. A flurry of emails ensue between the two. Their blogs lock horns, as do the writers themselves. They start a joint blog. They start a podcast.

A commitment to a year-long project has begun: a kaddish in two-part harmony.

A conversation among an anthropologist, a musician, and their audience on themes of death and dying, grief, ritual, the interplay between musician and listener.

anything, anything but a mystical experience

So. It’s the end of the semester. Students are giving presentations of the projects they’ve been working on all semester long. Or were supposed to be. I know that some of them had struggled mightily with this. Figuring out what … Continue reading

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daily kaddish: our project’s yahrtzeit

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This is the final daily podcast recording of “Kaddish” for the yearlong “kaddish in two-part harmony” project that Mira and I began a lunar year ago, on 7 November 2010. Continue reading

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daily kaddish: on the eve of K2PH’s Yahrtzeit

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Thoughts of our project’s beginnings brought my beloved Nanc to mind, and Mira’s Galina. Continue reading

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daily kaddish: thanksgiving

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With only a few more daily Kaddishim to go in our project, Mira and I appreciated the chance to make a Kaddish recording together with our gathered beloved. Continue reading

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daily kaddish: missing (yet again!)

Here’s another missing Kaddish recording. I made this recording—I swear I did, mumbling into my iPhone, exhausted, late at night after a Thanksgiving feast and afterward sleeping through a movie. However, the next day, my new iPhone arrived, and I forgot to get the recording off my old iPhone before wiping it and turning it over to Dad. Continue reading

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daily kaddish: for mourning itself

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Mira said it really well—our yearlong project of mourning together in this “kaddish in two-part harmony” project has done the job. It has worked so well that we both feel good and done with mourning itself. Our grief is replaced with happiness, and there are moments when that feels—well, sad. Continue reading

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a mourning mourning morning

At a certain point, I suppose, I just got sick of the whole damned enterprise. And that was the time to step back and write a paper about our process. Which we did. And presented at the Annual Meetings of … Continue reading

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daily kaddish: for deer-hunting season

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My dad plays horn on this Kaddish, nearly a year after doing his first stint as the guest hornist for a daily Kaddish, again while visiting for Thanksgiving. Continue reading

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daily kaddish: for Kimba

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Today’s Kaddish is for David Mohr’s dog, Kimba. Continue reading

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daily kaddish: for Phyllis Greenwood, on her Yahrtzeit

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Today is Phyllis Greenwood’s Yahrtzeit. Continue reading

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