Hebrew Cantillation

When it comes to music, the vocal tradition of chanting the Torah is central to Jewish religious services and dates to ancient times. The Hebrew Bible mentions trumpets, cymbals, harps and tambourines which were often heard at coronations, royal marriages and other festivities. But as the kingdoms of Israel and Judah were conquered and dispersed, and the temple suffered two destructions, joyful celebrations ceased. Psalm 137 is often cited, "We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof. ... How shall we sing the LORD's song in a strange land?" In reviving the tradition of Jewish music, three world-renowned Cantors representing large Reform, Conservative and Orthodox synagogues in New York City will perform in a musical kaleidoscope of Cantorial and Jewish folk music at Museum of the Bible.

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