By presenting Hannukah and Christmas music side by side, the two stories tell of an awkward, humorous, aspirational and occasionally jealous relationship, and the evolution of identity, community, and ritual that has led to an assimilation into American national culture.
But don’t take my word for it. As Phillip Roth wrote in Operation Shylock: “God gave Moses the Ten Commandments and then He gave to Irving Berlin ‘Easter Parade’ and ‘White Christmas.’ The two holidays that celebrate the divinity of Christ — the divinity that’s the very heart of the Jewish rejection of Christianity — and what does Irving Berlin brilliantly do? He de-Christs them both! Easter he turns into a fashion show and Christmas into a holiday about snow…. He turns their religion into schlock. But nicely! Nicely! So nicely the goyim don’t even know what hit ’em. They love it.Everybody loves it…”
Prior Idelsohn Society releases have earned high praise from noted outlets such as National Public Radio (NPR), New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Los Angeles Times among others for their unique approach to the preservation of Jewish music. They are known for their exacting musical excavation – usually reserved for the most ardent record collectors – and a passion for enlivening past glories for present day discernment. Full details in the press release below.