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New Time, New Song

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Naḥmans correlation between good points and the creation of music in LMI, 54:6 and 282 is a wholly original idea. This correlation highlights the notion of music as much more than an acoustic phenomenon or an art form, and represents both the ideal religious path and a powerful means of sustaining the world. The experience of music entails an awareness of both time and motion. The connection between them can explain why the ancients described the motion of the universe in time as music. The eternal dimension of reality is described in Jewish tradition as being above-time. This concept is applied in kabbalistic thought to the three uppermost sefirot: keter, ḥokhmah and binah. Naḥman associates three distinct modes of music with three biblical figuresDavid, Moses and Joseph, and correlates them to three routes that lead to God.

Keywords: good points; Jewish tradition; Naḥmans



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