The Secret Jewish History of Strange Fruit

In January, three events occur within a one-week span: Shabbat Shira (the Sabbath of Song, which coincides with the annual Torah reading of “The Song of the Sea” in the Book of Exodus), Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Tu B'shvat (the Jewish New Year of the trees). The first of these three celebrates the song sung by the Israelites following their escape from Egypt. “The Song of the Sea,” attributed to Moses and Miriam, is the first in a long line of works written by Jewish composers that depict Jews? experience of freedom and their yearning for justice.

 

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