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Silver yad pointing to Hebrew text in Torah scroll

Chants used to read Torah may be an unusual metaphor to assess one’s inner nature, but the symbols that help vocalists create the melodies can be quite revealing.

Rabbi Sharon G. Forman
Closeup of piano keys

On the night of January 21, 2005, a drunk driver paralyzed me. I was 21 and just starting my music career.

Dave Schlossberg
Young woman chanting Torah

In this week’s Torah portion, B'reishit, we are introduced to “text painting,” a basic method of trope that uses melody directly connected to the meaning of the words.

Cantor David Reinwald
Woman playing the cello

For most North American Jews, the haunting melody of Kol Nidrei surely is the piece of liturgy that best represents Yom Kippur, prompting us to delve deep into our souls.

Cantor Deborrah Cannizzaro
Medieval Sephardic synagogue in Castelo de Vide, Portugal

What do dates, pomegranates, apples, spinach, squash, pumpkin, beets, scallions, and maybe even, the cheek meat of a fish have to do with Rosh HaShanah

Rabbi Lisa Sari Bellows
Woman in shadow facing away and holding a guitar overhead with both hands. Sunshine and clouds surround her shadow.

Learn the backstory of how a new song, “Creation Sings,” grew from the collaboration among two musicians and a liturgist.

Cantor Erin Frankel and Alden Solovy
Female songleader Dawn Bernstein leads a group of campers in song in a photo from URJ GUCI camp in the 1970s

When I was growing up, Jewish music was the sole purview of men. I had never seen a woman sing on the bimah (pulpit) - but then I made history.

Dawn Bernstein
Black and white photo of Leonard Bernstein playing the piano

More than 30 countries are hosting concerts featuring Bernstein’s music, including the U.S., Canada, France, Britain, Israel, China, Russia, Iran, Malaysia, and Kuwait.

Rabbi A. James Rudin
Close-up of violin being played

Although German composer Jakob Felix Mendelssohn’s wedding march is rarely heard at Jewish weddings, it is perfect for them.

Cantor Jacqueline L. Marx
Musicians featured on the "Together as One" CD

This past December, I took a leap of faith, and found something I didn’t even know I was missing.

Marci Geller

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