The glorified overture of Yom Kippur, with its melancholic beginning and triumphant ending, has become one of the most powerful liturgical moments of the Jewish calendar. In this lecture, we delve into the unique position of this old melody as a sonic heritage and as a highly fragile religious communal moment.


Dr. Naomi Cohn Zentner, Lecturer in Ethnomusicology, Music department Bar Ilan University
Prof. Ruth HaCohen (Pinczower), Professor of Musicology at the Hebrew University.

In English | Wednesday | Sept. 20 | 8pm (1pm EDT)

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For those attending Ashkenazi services in the High Holidays, the melodies, modes and motifs of the prayers generate the atmosphere and feeling of the Days of Awe, no less than the words of the prayers themselves.


Our three-part series explores the melodies and nusach formulas used on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur to understand the mechanisms that enable such a powerful synagogue experience.

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