Issue 7.1: Music and Spirituality

Music is a ubiquitous human experience. In the modern world especially, we are inundated with an endless flow of sounds ranging from the simplistic to the intricate, which elicit a full spectrum of emotional reactions. As Jews, we must ask ourselves how to react to the daily experience of music. This discussion must begin with a pragmatic question: What is the place of music in our spiritual lives? What religious function does it fulfill?