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A Holiday Tradition

Movie musicals are fantasies, in general. But there is real history in “1776,” compressed, synthesized, and often subordinated to narrative drama, of course. But that history, such as it is, is more relevant now than when the film debuted.

Independence has its limits

On Independence Day we celebrate our nation's independence, NOT our personal independence.

Proud to be an American

This Independence Day I'm grateful that my ancestors came to America on the Mayflower; fleeing religious persecution for the freedoms of worship and personal conscience.

Orthodox Jews to observe July 4th without music

The soundtrack for a lot of Orthodox Jews this Fourth of July will be the mute button.

As music gallantly streams at barbecues and fireworks displays across the nation, many Orthodox Jews will silence their TVs and avoid live music performances, such as the annual Boston Pops concert on the Esplanade Hatch Shell.

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