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A Black Classical Singer and Convert to Judaism Embraces the Negro Spirituals Heard at Some Passover Seders.

The first time I heard a live rendition of "Go Down, Moses" was at the first Passover Seder I ever attended. Somewhere around the third cup of wine, a room full of Jews sang the classic negro spiritual in lively fashion, followed almost immediately by "O Freedom," another classic negro spiritual.

A feeling of bewilderment and paranoia began to steal over me: Why are they singing these songs? Are they looking at me? Do they expect me to know these songs?

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Author:Russell, Anthony
Publication:Tablet Magazine
Date:Apr 7, 2014
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