Social Functions of Synagogue Song: A Durkheimian Approach

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Lexington Books, Apr 26, 2012 - Music - 198 pages
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Social Functions of Synagogue Song: A Durkheimian Approach by Jonathan L. Friedmann paints a detailed picture of the important role sacred music plays in Jewish religious communities. This study explores one possible way to approach the subject of music’s intimate connection with public worship: applying sociologist Émile Durkeim’s understanding of ceremonial ritual to synagogue music. Durkheim observed that religious ceremonies serve disciplinary, cohesive, revitalizing, and euphoric functions within religious communities. Drawing upon musical examples from different composers, regions, periods, rites, and services, Friedmann demonstrates how Jewish sacred music performs these functions.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Durkheim and Religion
23
Discipline
37
Cohesion
65
Revitalization
87
Euphoria
111
Conclusion
133
Durkheimian Studies
147
Bibliography
163
Index
179
About the Author
187
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Jonathan L. Friedmann is cantor of Bet Knesset Bamidbar and Congregation P’nai Tikvah, both in Las Vegas, Nevada. He is also professor of Jewish music history at the Academy for Jewish Religion, California and the co-founder of two cutting-edge bands: Rabbinical School Dropouts and Elijah’s Chair. Jonathan has published over 300 popular and peer-reviewed articles, and is the author or editor of ten books, including Quotations on Jewish Sacred Music (2011) and Emotions in Jewish Music (2012). His regular column on Jewish music can be read at The Daily Rabbi, an online magazine (www.thedailyrabbi.com).

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