Expressing Existential Loss: The Music of Tisha B’Av
Music and Tisha B’Av are almost a contradiction in terms. It was because of the destruction of the Second Temple in particular that instrumental music was banned in Jewish life for centuries. But the singing of scripture, liturgy, and scholarly text is a practice which never, to the best of our knowledge, abated.
Join us to learn some of the history and practice of the music of Tisha B’Av, the book of Lamentations, the alteration of liturgical modes and the Kinot, the piyyutim of despair that Jews traditionally chant to commemorate the loss of the Temple to this day.
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