Why Music is Fundamental to Jewish Prayer
Jewish tradition teaches that music unlocks the door to divine connection.
Psalm 150: Praising God, Loudly
The final chapter of the Book of Psalms calls for a symphony of horns, drums, lyres and more.
Yossele Rosenblatt’s Later Career
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.
Nusah: The Music of Prayer
Traditional musical motifs, called nusah, give each service of Jewish prayer a distinct sound.
Cantillation: Chanting, or Leyning, the Bible
Today the Bible is chanted in synagogues with an intricate musical system, but the practice began with one man projecting in a marketplace.
The music of the synagogue celebrates both the diversity and unity of the Jewish people.
Synagogue & Religious Music
An overview of synagogue and religious music, including cantillation, nusah, the nigun, cantors and cantorial music, and the influence of prayer in the synagogue.