Music & Prayer
“There is an inner connection between music and the spirit. When language aspires to the transcendent, and the soul longs to break free of the gravitational pull of the earth, it modulates into song… Words are the language of the mind. Music is the language of the soul.” (Rabbi Jonathan Sacks)
At Beth Meyer, sacred music is at the heart of every prayer experience. Whether we are chanting a melody from Beth Meyer “custom,” a Carlebach niggun, traditional nusah/cantillation, or a newer neo-hasidic melody, we aim to bring what is old and new into conversation through communal song. The melodies are intentionally used to enable people to enter into prayer rather than to set the “singers” or “leaders” apart. These sacred melodies allow us to elevate our words and enable our spirits to soar.
The playlist for Rabbi Jenny's Prayerful Music workshop (August 19th and 26th, 2018) can be found here.
The playlist for Rabbi Jenny's Prayerful Music workshop (August 23rd and 30th, 2017) can be found here.