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Mannes' new novel, "The Cantor's Son" (Solstice Publishing) is about Rabbi-Cantor Jeff Reimer, who after an absence of forty-six years, returns to River City, Iowa as spiritual leader of Temple Beth Shalom.
"The Cantor's Son" is available for pre-order from Amazon on March 15, 2016.
The cantor, or chazzan, is a singer who leads the congregation in sung prayer at a synagogue, and for the last two years the Jewish Musical Institute at the University of London has organised a Young Cantor of the Year competition.
All three finalists this year are from the north-west of England: Charles Chait, 21, from Childwall, who is cantor at the Childwall Hebrew Congregation; Yossi Saunders, 21, cantor at the Southport Hebrew Congregation, and Didi Chrysler, 20, originally from Prestwich, Manchester, but now living in Israel.
"Music is deep within the Jewish tradition, and the way I describe my role is that while the Rabbi takes the word of God to the people, the cantor helps take the word of the people to God."
The cantor is understood as the embodiment of the voice of the community lifting itself up to the divine: an embodiment that extends to actions as well as to song.
This puts the cantor in a mediating position, not only between congregation and religious but also between the traditions of the church and the lives of the congregants outside of liturgy.
So too of the cantor's songs: the word is sacrosanct, but the many of the melodies need only adhere to a general structure, within which the cantor as performer / artist can improvise and experiment.
It is difficult to say how true is Kononenko's claim that "the cantor is an artist guided by faith" (p.
That feat, as rare as pitching a no-hitter, won the grudging admiration of the acerbic New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, who wrote that "somehow the most well-known person on the planet lost control of the economic message to someone named Eric Cantor."
Since entering the House in 2001, Cantor has been the consummate party insider.
Cantor was born on June 6, 1963, into an affluent family in the West End of Richmond, a neighborhood with two Jewish country clubs and two delis.