Monday, February 20, 2012

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Is “Hebrew Kirtan” Kosher?

by Reb Gutman Locks @ Mystical Paths

On our last yoga article, a commentor asked about “Hebrew Kirtan”.  Here’s what a brief bit of research found.  You tell us -- does anyone think this is kosher???

From the founder’s web site and Wikipedia…

Rabbi Andrew Hahn (Reb Drew) combines a variety of tools to introduce Jewish wisdom to an increasingly global, religious village. He holds a Ph.D. in Jewish Thought from the Jewish Theological Seminary (Conservative) and received rabbinic ordination from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (Reform). He has also studied at the feet of Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, founder of the Jewish Renewal Movement.

Dubbed “a Shlomo Carlebach for the twenty-first century,” he weaves traditional Jewish liturgy and musical modes into the increasingly popular call-and-response chant technology from India, known as kirtan.

Kirtan practice involves chanting hymns or mantras to the accompaniment of (Indian traditional) instruments.

The practice of kirtan was popularized as a means to worship and glorify the Hindu god “k” with single mindedness in the Hindu devotional revival of the Moghul era.  It was expanded in the 12th century as a worship method for the Hindu god “vit…”.  In the 16th century it was revived as sankirtan in worship of “k”.

It is a major practice in Vaisnava devotionalism, Sikhism, the Sant traditions, and some forms of Buddhism, as well as other religious groups.

Rabbi Hahn travels extensively bringing Hebrew Kirtan, Jewish meditation and Torah learning to Jewish institutions and yoga studios around the world. Kirtan Rabbi’s music is characterized by great energy, passion and melodic flow.

You tell us… kosher, or not?

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