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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Jewish Music, Ruchniyus, Avodah and Emotion

In an earlier post titled 'Michal's Revenge', I bemoaned the lack of energy in our Batei Kenesios during Tefilah. Especially during Hallel which is basically dirged through without any joy nor emotion. People don't clap - except by some Chasidim - and although on Shabbos there are halachik issues involved in clapping - there are none on Chol HaMoed nor on Rosh Chodesh - so why no emotion during Hallel? Have you ever witnessed a rock concert (not in person, c'v)? Have you seen the energy? Is that all the 'Koach HaTumah'? Why can 'they' get so emotional about their narishkeit and we can't about communicating and giving 'Thanksgiving' to the Creator?

On the other hand, take a look at these two links:

It is a seemingly emotionally charged rendition of The Chevra's two hit songs, sung with great Hislahavus and Deveykus. There is on problem.....The guy is not Jewish and admits that he doesn't have any clue what the words mean but he loves the song. What do you make of this? Is this a Stira to my above posted opinion? Does it show that the whole thing is narishkeit and fake?


  • At 4/10/2006 7:17 AM, Anonymous ליטוואק said…

    Sometimes emotional displays can be faked, including Hassidic clapping. Perhaps that is why some Hassidim (e.g. Ruzhin) opposed such displays, IIRC, in addition to various non-Hassidim opposing such as well.

  • At 4/10/2006 9:19 PM, Blogger J said…

    Yes. But if you have ever witnessed an occassion when it is NOT faked (e.g. a rock concert - I attended only one in my life - 20 years ago {Paul Simon}) or a Yankees playoff game (attended one five years ago) or a leibidik chasuna (attended them all the time) you can feel and sense the energy.

  • At 1/06/2010 9:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Yeah, but like all those occasions require alchohol or drugs to get the emotion going.
    To get the emotions going during stam a hallel, i would recommend introducing some lebedike nigunim, like MBD's Mah Ashiv.


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