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August 3, 1997 | Don Shirley, Don Shirley is a Times staff writer
'Mendel & Moses," the musical at the Canon Theatre, is stirring up controversy within the Jewish community. "Mendel" tells the tale of a contemporary Jew who is transported back to ancient Egypt by an angel. There, he follows and advises Moses during the exodus and while wandering in the desert. He emerges with a newfound appreciation of his own Judaism. That might sound like a show ready-made for groups from temples and other Jewish organizations.
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August 3, 1997 | Don Shirley, Don Shirley is a Times staff writer
'Mendel & Moses," the musical at the Canon Theatre, is stirring up controversy within the Jewish community. "Mendel" tells the tale of a contemporary Jew who is transported back to ancient Egypt by an angel. There, he follows and advises Moses during the exodus and while wandering in the desert. He emerges with a newfound appreciation of his own Judaism. That might sound like a show ready-made for groups from temples and other Jewish organizations.
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August 10, 1997
Help me understand this: Rabbi Bentzion Kravitz, director of the "anti-missionary" (whatever that means) group Jews for Judaism, has been sending "alerts" to Jewish congregations warning that the producers of the play "Mendel & Moses," in which Jesus isn't mentioned, "are doing something deceptive" (like what?) because they are Jews who believe Jesus is the Messiah (Theater Notes, Aug. 3). Would he be as upset if he found out they were atheists? Others appear to be concerned that a character in the play is a literal devil.
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