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April 9 , 2004

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Fine Writing Lawrence Fine’s Physician of the Soul, Healer of the Cosmos: Isaac Luria and His Kabbalistic Fellowship (2003, Stanford University Press) is “a stunning new biography of the 16th-century kabbalist of the Galilee,” wrote reviewer Allan Nadler in the March 17 edition of the Jewish weekly Forward. “There already exists a wealth of traditional commentary, as well as much modern critical scholarship, on the bold mystical teachings of the Ari,” Nadler wrote, using a familiar reference to Luria. “And Luria’s central kabbalistic doctrine—tikkun, or cosmic reparation—has been appropriated by postmodern Jews in all kinds of original ways, from synagogue programs feeding the homeless to the name of a liberal Jewish magazine. Still, precious little is known about the man behind the famous school of thought known as ‘Lurianic kabbala.’” The new book by Fine, Irene Kaplan Leiwant Professor of Jewish Studies, “will dramatically change all that,” Nadler wrote. “Writing Luria’s biography is no small task, since the extant, worshipful hagiographies by his disciples are historically unreliable. But Fine, a professor of Jewish studies at Mount Holyoke College, has overcome the many obstacles, largely through his diligent, scholarly reconstruction of the world in which Luria lived.” Nadler offers praise for Fine’s ability to write a book that is both scholarly and engaging. “Despite its weighty academic content, this book is written in a manner that will render it easily accessible to a broad readership of nonspecialists. And scholars will find many treasures, most of which Fine wisely consigned to the endnotes. All of which makes this book among the finest works of recent Judaic scholarship,” he concluded. The review was reprinted in the Israeli daily Haaretz.

Making It with Music Musicorda and its founders—Jacqueline Melnick, professor emeritus of music, and Leopold Teraspulsky—were featured on WGBY’s Making It Here Saturday, March 27. The Musicorda Summer Festival has been in residence at Mount Holyoke since its beginning in 1987. The core activity, the Chamber Music Institute, is a six-week study and performance program for students from around the world from the age of 14 to the postgraduate years. The mission of Musicorda is to forge an international community of artists and students dedicated to sharing their joy in making music and to enriching the lives of diverse audiences through excellence in performance and education.

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