Study Jewish Culture
Jews have wandered the world over, and sometimes all that wandering gets packed into one song.
The category of secular Jewish music is as elusive as it is important. It may be broadly defined as any music used primarily by Jews in non-liturgical contexts, and also includes Sephardic and Ashkenazic music.
Learning to appreciate hazzanut (cantorial music)
The talented cantor Yossele Rosenblatt (1882-1933) becomes an international star.
The cantor whose religious observance led him to reject some offers of fame and fortune.
In Hebrew, English and Yiddish, this legendary Israeli singer has created an unparalleled body of music.
The Jewish contribution to the development of rock music
Bob Dylan's lyrics never explicitly invoke his Jewish roots, but Jewish influences are never far from the surface.
Traditional musical motifs, called nusah, give each service of Jewish prayer a distinct sound.
Changes are taking place in the leadership, participation, melodies, and instruments that are found in the synagogue.
The music of the synagogue celebrates both the diversity and unity of the Jewish people.
An overview of synagogue and religious music, including cantillation, nusah, the nigun, cantors and cantorial music, and the influence of prayer in the synagogue.