Shabos Zmiros – Kirtan Rabbi

Crossposted to Jewschool.

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.

Shabat Shalom.

5 Responses to Shabos Zmiros – Kirtan Rabbi

  1. Russel Harris June 17, 2011 at 3:58 am #

    thanks David. This is amazing stuff. I live in Yerushalayim – is Kirtan in Israel as well or are they strictly an US phenomenon?

    Shabbat shalom

  2. David A.M. Wilensky June 17, 2011 at 10:01 am #

    I don’t know. My guess is that there’s some kirtan in Israel, given the obsession with India over there. But I doubt that there’s Jewish kirtan.

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