By Jeremiah Lockwood

I have come to a strange place in life where I would choose to read a 90-year-old book written by eccentric old men in a language I barely understand instead of almost any other literary material, even forsaking the pleasant escape of a well-written novel. The book I have before me is Di geshikhite fun khazunes (The Story of Cantorial Music), a volume published by the Jewish Ministers Cantors Association of America and Canada (der khazonim farbund)  in 1924 in celebration of their 30th anniversary. Reading it late at night recently, I suddenly heard my grandfather’s voice singing loudly in my ears, as if someone had snuck up on me and put a pair of ghost headphones over my ears.

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