Devekut

Hasidic idea of being attached or cleaving to God.

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Hasidic fondness for song and melody is based on this ideal. A particular melody of plaintive yearning, "soul music," is called a devekut niggun, an attachment melody, which Hasidim repeat over and over again in order to cultivate this state to the highest degree possible for ordinary worshippers.

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