Monday, March 27, 7:30 p.m., at the JCC
(This is our closing program for the season.)
Musical Instruments During Shabbat and Festivals Services: Yes? No? If No, Why Not?
Speaker: Joe Gilbert
This presentation is sponsored by Jack and Ricky Pasternak.
During Temple times, music was part of Shabbat and Festival services. After the loss of the Temple and as the Synagogue became the place of community prayer, the Rabbis decreed that instruments must not be played. This was the status until the 19th Century, when an organ was introduced first in Germany and later in America. What were the reasons for this ban? Were there any attempts to break the ban before the 19th Century? How and why did the Reform branch of Judaism re-introduce instruments during prayer? This talk will trace the evolution of thinking regarding how the various Jewish communities (Ultra-Orthodox, Modern Orthodox, Conservative and Reform) view the use of music in their services.
Dr. Joseph Gilbert is a retired physician. As a “fan” of classical music, in recent years he has concentrated on the interface of Judaic subjects with opera and music. He has lectured on musical subjects such as Felix Mendelssohn, French Opera and Anti-Semitism, Jewish Folk Tales in opera, The Dybbuk, The Golem, and “Degenerate” Music. He continues his medical and science interest as Chair of the Health Research Ethics Board at Western University.