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Violinist Joshua Bell walks in the footsteps of masters


URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/music/article/violinist_joshua_bell_walks_in_the_footsteps_of_masters_20061013

Bell is, by his own admission, more of a cultural Jew than a religious one. "My mother is Jewish, a very typical Jewish mother," he said. "She was very involved in my practicing. Both my parents were behind me and loved music. But for me, Jewishness was very much a cultural tie. I feel very close to the Jewish side of the family. I grew up with my Jewish cousins, going to all the bar mitzvahs, so I feel very close to that side, and I identify myself as being Jewish."

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