Torah is a Song: The Many Voices of Judaism

April 19, 2007 | Filed in: News

AJR held its annual Pre-Ordination Concert celebrating the essential role of music in the Jewish experience. In keeping with AJR’s conviction that rabbis and cantors are partners in the spiritual leadership of Klal Yisrael, we celebrated the vitality of contemporary Jewish music together with the musical traditions of hazzanut and contemporary creations. In addition, Rabbi Moshe Cotel, one of our rabbinic alumni shared the surprising personal synthesis, of a profound bond with classical music and a vibrant engagement in traditional Judaism in an excerpt from Chronicles: A Jewish Life at the Classical Piano.

Our faculty, alumni, and students presented a rich program that spanning the full range of Jewish expression ‘ of joy and sadness, solemnity and fun, challenge and devotion. Their energies can inspire us all to appreciate the traditional teaching that the Torah, while it may be a collection of stories and sacred instruction, is essentially a song.

Click here to listen to a selection from the concert.