Category: Issue 7.1: Music and Spirituality

Music and Spirituality

Editor’s Thoughts

Editor’s Thoughts

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...

The Magic of Zemirot

The Magic of Zemirot

A similar scene has played out in my life hundreds of times.  The setting is sometimes my camp’s dining room, a high school retreat, a seminary Shabbaton, or, more recently, Koch auditorium in Stern. ...

Is Teshuva Fair? Two Contemporary Views Regarding the Mechanisms of Repentance

Is Teshuva Fair? Two Contemporary Views Regarding the Mechanisms of Repentance

Ever since we were children our teachers have taught us to believe that God will forgive our misdeeds if we perform teshuvah. Year after year we review this cardinal teaching of our faith, so...

Jewish Music for Carnegie Hall

Jewish Music for Carnegie Hall

The cliché goes, “Music is a language of the heart.”  As a Yeshiva University music major, I believe this claim as long as we take out the last three words.  To say that music...

Infinite Glue

Infinite Glue

 “I have five days of music in my iTunes library.” “When do you listen to it?” “In my room to chill out, or while I’m exercising.” “[Clueless Freshman (a.k.a. Me)] Why isn’t there any...

Music to My Ears: A Scientific Elucidation of Kol Ishah

Music to My Ears: A Scientific Elucidation of Kol Ishah

The interpretation of the prohibition of hearing a female voice has evolved through halakhic discussion. A woman’s voice, as assessed by the Jewish sages, is considered to be attractive and/or sensuous and therefore, the...

Prayer to a Beat

Prayer to a Beat

This summer I sat towards the back of a Kabbalat Shabbat service in the Slifka Center at Yale University as an advisor on the Tikvah-Straus High School Summer Program. In front of me stood...

An Interview with Cantor Bernard Beer, Head of the Belz School of Jewish Music

An Interview with Cantor Bernard Beer, Head of the Belz School of Jewish Music

Cantor Beer has been on the staff of the Belz School of Music since 1967, and has been the head of the school since 1985. DN: When were you inspired to become a professional...

Impressionism and Jewish Art

Impressionism and Jewish Art

  I had something I painted from my window in Le Havre: the sun in the fog and in the foreground some masts sticking up. They wanted to know its title for the catalogue;...