Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Article about Jewish prayer music with shamanic teachings

Hasidic rebbes and Hasidim in traditional dres...Image via WikipediaAn instructive article about The Nigun from EcoRebbe Gershon Steinberg-Caudil's email list:
The Nigun
A mystical musical prayer introduced by Hasidism
By James Loeffler

"There are gates in heaven that cannot be opened except by melody and song."
Attributed to Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liady, founder of Chabad

From the time of its emergence in the 18th century, the Hasidic movement turned to music and dance as powerful forms of Jewish religious expression. One result was the Hasidic nigun (Hebrew for "melody"; plural nigunim), a new genre of Jewish vocal music. Often described as a mystical musical prayer or a spiritual language beyond words, the Hasidic nigun is a fundamental part of all Ashkenazic culture and is, in the words of one Hasidic master, "the pen of the soul."

More here at MyJewishLearing.Com...

http://www.myjewishlearning.com/culture/Music/TOSynagogueMusic/Nigun.htm

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