Tuning the Soul: Music as a Spiritual Process in the Teachings of Rabbi Naḥman of Bratzlav

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BRILL, 2010 - Religion - 231 pages
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This book is an in-depth study of the function of music in religious experience according to Rabbi Nahman of Bratzlay. It provides new insights on his unique doctrine of the "Good Points", which represent the core of loving kindness and holiness in the human soul, and the musical context in which they become both a means and a metaphor for spiritual transformation. Drawing on midrashic and kabbalistic sources, the book explores Nahman's perception of differenttypes of "tzadiqim" (religious leaders), including himself, and the special role music plays in their leadership. It highlights the importance of creativity and renewal in the messianic process that involves both music and loving kindness.
 

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Contents

Chapter One The Doctrine of the Good Points and
11
Chapter Two Music as a SpiritualProcess
49
Moses
101
Chapter Four New Time New Song
163
Glossary
197
Index
215
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Chani Haran Smith, Ph.D. (2008) in Jewish Studies, University College London, is a professional musician and a lecturer at Leo Baeck Rabbinical College in London. She has published "Learn to Leyn: The Cantillation of the Hebrew Bible" (JMI, 2003).

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