Inner Rhythms: The Kabbalah of Music Hardcover – 28 Oct 1999
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About the Author
DovBer Pinson was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He attended the Yeshiva Oholei Torah and went on to study in the Yeshiva Toras Emes in Jerusalem where he received his semicha from prominent rabbis and poskim. He returned to the States where he began to travel on behalf of Chabad outreach programs. He served as rabbi for the Jewish community in Kobe, Japan and still returns there to visit occasionally. Rabbi Pinson is currently studying in Kolel. He lectures and writes on Jewish mysticism, philosophy, and history. Rabbi Pinson is also the author of Reincarnation and Judaism: The Journey of the Soul (Jason Aronson Inc.)
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This book will no doubt have a much wider appeal than Rabbi Pinson's first book, "Reincarnation in Judaism." For one thing, it's better writing. "Reincarnation" established Rabbi Pinson as a meticulous scholar, but it dealt mostly with esoteric theory and was a rather academic read. Not so with this, his second book. "Inner Rhythms" speaks directly to the heart.
Make no mistake: the careful Torah scholarship is still there, with copious footnotes explaining the sources. But, in addition, it's clear that Rabbi Pinson has experienced these musical soul phenomena. Himself a practicing Hasid, he has personally stood among throngs of Hasidim singing the very songs and prayers about which he writes. When he illustrates his points with stories taken from the entire spectrum of Jewish thought, you know that he understands the spirit as well as the words of these tales. (The stories alone make the book worth buying!)
The result is a book that not only gives us the kabbalistic theory of music, but also illuminates how music can be used to bring greater spirituuality into our daily lives. For Jews and gentiles alike, this is a book that will forever change the way you hear music. Highly recommended!
Rabbi DovBer Pinson discusses the source and nature of Chassidic vocal melodies. (There is some reference to instrumental and dance music.) He tells how the melody reflects the emotions of the creator (or perforemer) and the listener.
Chassidic melodies are used to reach Deveikut (oneness with G-d), to create Simcha (joyousness), to reflect Marirrut (sadness from feeling distant from Ein Sof), to reach upwards through prayer, to carry G-d's message to us through Torah study, to aid one in Yechidim (drawing G-dliness into this world), and to create a pathway to reaching Bitachon (trust in G-d and a realization of G-d's goodness).
Along the way Rabbi Pinson explains why we praise G-d, types of Chassidic songs, the Sefirot and Tzimtzum. There are also many entertaining and illuminating stories .
The notes and references are copious and many help to clarify the text. The writing is easy to read although the meanings are deep and may take more than one reading.
Being Jewish and a musicologist, I would like to see musical examples in an Appendix and/or an audio tape or CD along with the book. Perhaps they'll appear in or with a future edition.
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