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Why are we introducing a High Holiday niggun (wordless melody) this year?

Perhaps the most famous legend about the High Holidays is about the boy who sat in synagogue on Yom Kippur. This boy didn't know the first thing about Hebrew or praying, but he wanted to raise his voice to God on this solemn day. Near the end of the day, he took a small flute from his pocket and began to play. The men around him scolded him, but the rabbi corrected them and praised the boy for praying purely from the heart.

Sometimes, when we sit in services during the High Holidays, we don't know how to connect. We might not be proficient in Hebrew; the prayers might feel new and unfamiliar; or, we may be overwhelmed by the serious nature of these days. This is one reason why a niggun (wordless melody) can add to everyone's spiritual experience - we can raise our voices in song without worrying about technical precision, and sing along with everyone regardless of ability.

Therefore, we'd like to introduce a niggun that we hope you'll listen to a few times between now and the High Holidays. We'll also take a few minutes during services this Saturday morning to practice singing it together. The tune is called "Revelation Niggun", and you can click below to hear it.

We look forward to singing this niggun throughout the High Holidays, in the hopes that we'll be able to sing together in one voice.


"The entire world is a very narrow bridge - the key is to not be afraid." -Rabbi Nachman of Bratzlav

Sun, July 12 2020 20 Tammuz 5780