Taught by Rabbinic Intern Aliza Berger
Wednesday January 28, February 4, February 11 and February 25, 7:00 – 7:50 pm
The rabbis teach that the primordial Torah was written as black fire on white fire. Gazing upon the “Sefer Torah,” they saw the letters forming text as black fire written upon the white fire of parchment. Even deeper, they saw the black fire as representing that which we are able to know in our human finitude, and the white fire as secrets toward which we can only strive. Standing at the hearth of an open Torah and chanting its ancient song is a gift of awe that is yours for the learning.
In this workshop, we will explore the Biblical chant tradition and learn the “Ta’amei Hamikra”—the musical flavors, the cantillation marks assigned by ancient scribes to the holy text. Once having learned the skill, we will learn to apply it to selections of Torah. The prerequisite for this class is an ability to read Hebrew comfortably. Materials will be provided.
Event Location: Nehar Shalom
43 Lochstead Ave, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, 02130
43 Lochstead Ave
Boston, MA 02130
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