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Is There Self-Expression in Judaism?

We are music conductors performing divine compositions

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Claudese West Pittsburgh September 11, 2016

Amen. Reply

Mark Solomon New York September 9, 2016

On musical scales Thank you Rabbi for this dvar Torah. While it is true that the well-tempered western chromatic scale (i.e. a piano keyboard) has 12 tones, there are magnificent musical traditions that incorporate, for example, pentatonic (5 note) hexatonic (6 note) modal (7 note) and microtonal (more than 12 note) scales. Our own musical traditions (chazanus, niggunim, klezmer) regularly employ tones that lie between those of the western chromatic scale.
Shabbat Shalom! Reply