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Kabbalah and Jazz: The Mystical Foundation of Improvisational Music

Wellness (AISH / Dunera)

Every person has their own unique musical ladder – a distinct melody that allows one to draw down spiritual sustenance into this world, writes Rabbi Kalonymus Kalman Shapira in his great work To Heal the Soul. This melody is exclusive; it can’t be performed by anyone else. It’s so individualized that to use someone else’s ladder is like putting someone else’s saliva into your mouth to sing. Rebbe Nachman of Breslov expanded this idea and went as far as to say that each and every blade of grass sings its own unique melody as well.

Very poetic, but what does it actually mean?

(Listen to our Jewish Jazz playlist here)

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Kabbalah and Jazz: The Mystical Foundation of Improvisational Music

Wellness (AISH / Dunera)

Every person has their own unique musical ladder – a distinct melody that allows one to draw down spiritual sustenance into this world, writes Rabbi Kalonymus Kalman Shapira in his great work To Heal the Soul. This melody is exclusive; it can’t be performed by anyone else. It’s so individualized that to use someone else’s ladder is like putting someone else’s saliva into your mouth to sing. Rebbe Nachman of Breslov expanded this idea and went as far as to say that each and every blade of grass sings its own unique melody as well.

Very poetic, but what does it actually mean?

(Listen to our Jewish Jazz playlist here)

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