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Young woman chanting Torah

B’reishit bara Elohim (breath) eit hashamayim v’eit ha’aretz. In the beginning, God created (breath) the heavens and the earth. -- Genesis 1:1

It’s all in the breath. The breath of creation. The breath of life. 

For me personally, as a singer and a cantor, the foundation of everything I do musically relies on the breath.

The Torah opens with a statement, and our natural inclination to breathe between these two chanted phrases also provides a lively embodiment of everything it is trying to say. That breath of creation may be implicit, but it is provided by the...

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