For the Love of the Music

Encino, United States

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For The Love Of The Music
by Mitzi Schwarz, Cantorial Soloist

Music is an integral part of any Jewish
worship service. It’s often what transports
us to expanded, prayerful states of consciousness
and awareness. What can make
the experience of singing during a Shabbat
(or any other) service even more profound,
though, is having a deep understanding of
the prayer itself, its origins, the meaning,
often Kabbalistic, of its words, and, of
course, really learning the melodies of the
prayers we’re singing.
On a Tuesday night to be announced each
month, I’m leading a gathering called
“For The Love Of The Music.” We will
look at the prayers of our Makom Shabbat
service, learn the melodies thoroughly
and methodically, learn the origins of the
prayers, examine their meanings, and
share how these meanings do or don’t apply
to our own lives today. In this way, we
can (hopefully!) enter into an even deeper
prayer experience when we congregate
together on Friday nights.
We’ll meet at Bethel Lutheran Church in
their library from 7:30 pm to 9 pm. This
is open to everyone, members and nonmembers
alike.
For the next few months, we’ll focus on
the music of our Friday night service only;
once we’ve moved through this music,
we’ll begin exploring music of other
worship services: High Holy Days liturgy,
Passover, etc.
And, without question, we’ll explore the
original music composed by our own
Makom members, past and present. Our
composers will always be invited to lead
these soirees and share their own creative
and musical inspiration.
I look forward to seeing old friends and
new on Tuesday evening, May 29th, fr