Musical Thoughts

"Every nation has its own wisdom and every wisdom has its own song,
the purpose of the Jews is to sing all the songs as one song."
- Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav
(Thanks to Randee Friedman for this one!)

"When people sing together, community is created. Together we rejoice, we celebrate,
we mourn and we comfort each other. Through music, we reach each others hearts and souls.
Music allows us to find a connection --"
- with permission of Peter Yarrow

"Our response to violence will be to make music more intensely,
more beautifully and more devotedly than before."
- Leonard Bernstein

“Perhaps it will be the music that brings us back together.
In every time, in every age, there was a song to be sung.”
- Cantor Brad Hyman

"For lo the winter has passed, the rains are over and gone.
The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come!"
- Song of Songs 2:11-12

May I sing because I love, not afraid to waste my sweetness upon the void,
but reflecting in my soul's flight the universal God who sings through me.”
- Gates of Repentence

Alone, I cannot lift my voice in song.
Then you come near and sing with me.
Our prayers fuse and a new voice soars
Our bond is beyond voice and voice
Our bond is one of spirit and spirit!
(based on the teachings of Rabbi Pinchas Koretz)

After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.
-Aldous Huxley

It is good to make a habit of inspiring yourself with a melody…
For the loftiness of melody is beyond all measure.
-- Rebbe Nachman of Breslov

Come here, I will show you a new way to the Creator - not through speech,
but through song! Let us sing and Heaven will understand us."
- Rebbe Nachman of Breslov

"He who sings, prays twice."
- St. Augustine

"Music can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable."
-Leonard Bernstein

"For heights and depths no words can reach, music is the soul's own speech"

"There are only three colors, ten digits, and seven notes;
it's what we do with them that's important."
- Ruth Ross

“. . .there are. . .holy melodies, sacred melodies that sing to me from a place deep in my
soul. These fill me with wonder and awe. I don't understand them. I discover these melodies
as if by chance, but I think it is no accident that they reveal themselves to me. When writing
them I feel years of history and culture flowing through me. When I sing them over and over,
they dance round and round, much like the Hasidim, and take me to new levels. I find
myself going higher and higher and at the same time deeper and deeper,
merging with the moment and, it seems, everything around me”
- Craig Taubman

“. . .recently for a service I added "Blowing in the Wind" to reflect that the Hebrew word
for wind is Ruach. I tied this together stating that maybe the answer to all the questions
is not as elusive as the wind - but can be found within ourselves - our spirit. B’Shalom”
– Karen Joseph

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