Who has not felt the stirring and mysterious power for music to touch the soul and uplift the spirit? Who has never been moved by a melody or soothed by a song? What is this haunting power granted to music, G-d’s generous gift to mankind? Jewish sources have long recognized the unique connection between man’s spiritual life and the power of music. Whether it was David, sweet singer of Israel, composing his eternal songs of praise, the Levites lifting their voices in the unparalleled harmonies of the temple, or the Chassidim using niggunim to reach exalted heights of Divine service, the Jewish soul has always been nurtured by music. In The Mystical Power of Music, the first book of its kind, Rabbi Avraham Arieh Trugman delves into the different qualities of music and the reasons it exerts such a strong influence upon us. He draws upon a wide array of sources from Jewish tradition, as well as modern scientific research, to give us a profound understanding of the power of music – and to help us discover the song that lies within each of us
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About the Author
Rabbi Avraham Arieh Trugman has been involved in Jewish education for over thirty-five years. As a founding member of Moshav Mevo Modiim in 1976, he went on to be director at the moshav’s Center of Jewish Education, which successfully ran programs for over five thousand participants from over twenty-five countries a year. In 1988 he took the position of regional director of NCSY in Denver, Colorado, where he and his wife created a new region. He returned to Israel in 1995 and currently serves as the director of Ohr Chadash: New Horizons in Jewish Experience, which he founded with his wife. Rabbi Trugman is the author of Seeds and Sparks: Inspiration and Self-Expression through the Cycles of Jewish Life, The Mystical Power of Music, The Mystical Meaning of Dreams, Secrets of the Magen David, The Mystical Nature of Light, Return Again: The Dynamics of Reincarnation, Orchard of Delights and Shivim Panim (in Hebrew); and has published articles and poems in a wide variety of publications. He has also produced five CDs of original music: Strings of the Soul, Modeh Ani, From World to World, Symphony of the Spirit and Merkavah. He appears at Shabbat programs and lectures extensively worldwide.