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The attitude of rabbis toward music

There are many testimonies concerning the attitude of rabbis toward music, scattered in the talmudic, midrashic and rabbinic literature. A careful attitude, and sometimes a radical opposition to (…) Read more

Thoughts about the sung Torah

The reading of the Torah, the Pentateuch, a usage that would go back to the time of Moses, has become since Esdras the Scribe (5th century before our era) the main moment of the synagogal (…) Read more

The Selichot - סליחות

The Selichot are penitential prayers in which the worshipper implores forgiveness to God for the sins committed. This tradition is based on the thirteen attributes of mercy which have been, (…) Read more

Chasidism and music

Chasidism, the mystic Jewish movement born in Eastern Europe in the middle of the 18th century, enabled the emergence of a lot of music aimed to transcend the impurities of this (…) Read more

Yerushalayim shel zahav (Jerusalem of gold)

Jerusalem of gold (in Hebrew : ירושלים של זהב - Yerushalayim shel zahav) is the name of a popular Israeli song written by Naomi Shemer in 1967 and sung by Shuli (…)
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Passover

FEATURE ARTICLE : Passover (Pessah) - פֶּסַח - is one of the three pilgrimage festivals of the Jewish calendar (with Shavuot and Sukkot), in which we commemorate the Hebrews who got out of (…) Read more

Three Passover songs: Adir hu, Echad mi yodea and Chad gadya

FEATURE ARTICLE : Learn everything about the three songs that end the Passover seder : Adir hu, Echad mi yodea and Chad gadya Read more

Emile Jonas (1827-1905), from the Portuguese Synagogue to the Operetta, and from there to the Imperial Guard

Published initially in Spanish in 2009 in the Jewish culture magazine Raices in Madrid, and later in English in the virtual newspaper All about Jewish Theatre, published in Israel. Ever so often (…)
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Jewish musical traditions in France

A Jewish story tells that when two Jews speak together, there are at least three different opinions ! In the same way, when we talk of "Jewish musical traditions", it is good to speak of it in (…) Read more

The music of the Ethiopian Jews, the Beta Israël

A historic, liturgic and musicologic analysis of the music of the Beta Israel, inspired from the works by Simha Arom, Frank Alvarez-Pereyre, Shoshana Ben-Dor and Olivier (…) Read more

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