Tuesday, August 10, 2004

When L heard I went to the shul last shabbos, and not to the shteeble, he had this comment: "How can you stand it there?? It's sooooooo modern. "

Modern? Examples please.

All that singing, he answered. Very American. Very Young Israel.

Oh really? A few moments with The Timetables of Jewish History: A Chronology of the Most Important People and Events in Jewish history. and I had the information I needed.

From page 193:

1623: The Council of the Four Lands(1) limits the number of musical compositions sung in the Sabbath service, evidence of an abundance of creativity on the part of synagogue cantors

In other words, as I explained to L, there was too much singing at Jewish services as far back as 1623. Yet we call this "modern." Meanwhile, newer innovations, like the Prince Albert(2) that L, himself, recently donned as evidence of his fidelity to the ways of his forefathers, are thought of as authenticly, and more legitimately, Jewish.

A long service isn't kugel; no one fetishizes a three-hour morning service. Still, isn't it odd that our generation imagines itself the very first Jews to suffer through shabbos morning concerts?

(1) From 1580 to 1764, the Council of Four Lands (Va'ad Arba' Aratzot) in Lublin, Poland was the central body of Jewish authority in Poland. 70 delegates from local kehillot met to discuss taxation and other issues important to the Jewish community. The "four lands" were Great Poland, Little Poland, Ruthenia and Lithuania.

(2) A long double-breasted frock coat for men favored by Lubovitch Hasidim


Where are you? It's 8:38 pm in NYC and according to your blog it's wednesday already. My only guess is either you're in australia or you're purposely changing the dates on your entries.  

Just doing some maintnance. Please enjoy the blog and pay no attention to the dates.

200 or so Duluthians gathered at the historic Sacred Heart Music

Center after mowing lawns or walking dogs while enjoying the balmy,

sunny 55 degree day to see Keri Noble return to deliver an

intimate, polished evening of music.
The concert goers settled in to hear Keri Noble and her guitarist

/producer Jeff Arundel against a candle-lit backdrop amid the

exceptional acoustics of the resurrected church. Keri sang several

songs from her "Fearless"CD including Talk to Me and personal

favorite Piece fo My Heart, along with many songs from her upcoming

album. Her voice and performance showed more polish and maturity

after several months off live performances. It was a great night of

music with Jeff doing songs from his CD "Ghost Party". They wowwed

the audience with the final song, stepping forward on the stage and

singing without any amplification.
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