WASHINGTON, D.C. (RNS) — For two decades, Arnold Saltzman loved chanting Saturday and festival services at a prominent synagogue in the nation’s capital, using the commanding voice that high school friends once compared to famed tenor Enrico Caruso.

Then, when his voice failed, he had to learn how to listen.

It was a stressful experience, he said, stressful enough to raise a cantor’s blood pressure.

“You’re yearning to interpret the liturgy, and all you can interpret is the silent prayer. That’s very humbling,” said Arnold Saltzman, his voice reduced to a whisper. “Cantors have egos. Even if I wasn’t the

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