Shabos Zmiros – Kirtan Rabbi
Crossposted to The Reform Shuckle. It had become minhag hablog for me over at the Reform Shuckle to do a post called Shabos Zmiros most Fridays. It usually includes one or a few YouTube videos with some commentary from me about whichever Jewish music I’ve chosen for the week. You can check out past Shabos Zmiros posts here.
Though I usually scoff at anyone attempting to meld Jewish and Eastern spirituality, Kirtan Rabbi caught my ear. An e-mail promoting an upcoming Kirtan Rabbi event I recieved from Andrew Hahn, the Kirtan Rabbi himself, today explains Kirtan Rabbi like this:
Kirtan is call-and-response devotional chant, originally developed in India; it is a practice where you are the performers. It is at once meditative, ecstatic, and – most of all – simply fun! Bring your voices and dancing socks.
Hareini M’kabel Alai:
While working for Limmud NY, I was given a copy of a Kirtan Rabbi live at B’nai Jeshurun CD. Though I feel that I probably would scoff if I ever attended an actual Kirtan Rabbi event, the recording itself is great. It makes a perfect addition to my Shabos Zmiros playlist, the playlist I listen to all day every Friday in preparation for Shabat. Enjoy.
Hashivi Li S’soneich (with vocals by Ariel Rosen):
And that event the e-mail was about? More about that here.