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WQXR Features

Musical Memories of the High Holidays with Itzhak Perlman

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Tuesday at 10 pm, the superstar violinist shares a wide variety of high holiday recordings that have special meaning for him, including several of his own performances.

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The Greene Space

On-Demand Video: WQXR's Chanukah Celebration Across the Globe

Friday, December 06, 2013

On December 5, 2013, WQXR celebrated the rich and varied musical traditions of countries where Jews have lived and worshipped for centuries. 

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WQXR Features

Musical Memories of the High Holidays with Itzhak Perlman

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

The superstar violinist shares a wide variety of high holiday recordings that have special meaning for him, including several of his own performances.

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WQXR Features

A Musical Feast for Passover with Itzhak Perlman

Monday, March 25, 2013

Sunday, April 5 at 10 pm, violinist Itzhak Perlman shares Passover music from many traditions, plus songs and memories from his childhood in Israel.

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WQXR Features

Music for the Jewish High Holidays

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Tonight at 11 pm: As Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are upon us, it's time to consider some of the great music associated with the Jewish holidays.

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WNYC News

Niche Market | Streit's Matzos

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

New York is a city of specialists from foodies to academics, laborers to shopkeepers. Every Wednesday, Niche Market will take a peek inside a different specialty store and showcase the city's purists who have made an art out of selling one commodity. Slideshow and video below.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Our Favorite Hamantaschen Recipes

Friday, March 18, 2011

This Saturday is Purim—the Jewish holiday that celebrates the victory of Persian Jews over Haman the Agatite, who was trying to annihilate them. To celebrate, most Jews dress up in costumes and eat a pastry called hamantaschen, which literally means "ears of Haman." Traditionally filled with poppy seeds, dried fruit, or nuts, the pastry is always shaped in a triangle.

Since we often cover food on the Lopate Show, and recently we've covered quite a bit of Jewish home cooking, we thought we might share some of our favorite hamantaschen recipes with you. Below, we've asked Joan Nathan and Gil Marks—two frequent guests on our show—to share their hamantaschen recipes with us. If you're interested in the history of the holiday, you should also check out an interview Leonard conducted in 2006 with Houman Sarshar, the director of publications for the Center for Iranian Jewish Oral History and author of the book Esther's Children. He explains the Persian roots of the holiday, and debunks some widely held myths.

Let us know in the comments if you have a Purim recipe or memory you'd like to share!

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