What has been the attitude/philosophy of Rabbis and Cantors throughout the centuries, towards the use of non-Jewish melodies for Jewish purposes?(Jewish liturgy, Jewish events, etc.) (The term for borrowing a melody and replacing the original text with another text is Contrafactum; plural: Contrafacta).
- The introduction to your paper should be about the attitude/philosophy ofrabbis towardsthe use of non-Jewish melodiesIN GENERAL (All rabbisdisapproved? Some did somedidn’t? What were theirreasons?)
- In the main part of the paper, give 10 examples of different individual Rabbis (including cantors) and their attitude/ philosophy towards the use of non – Jewish Make sure to list only those who talk about the use of non – Jewish melodies! So you really need to pick them out (“Music and Religion” from the book Jewish Musical Traditions – there are many rabbis mentioned there who talk about all kinds of matters which d o not belong in our paper…)
- For each Rabbi – write what his opinion was with regard to t he use of non – Jewish melodies (D id he approve it? Was he opposed to it? Give his reasoning whenever possible)
- Make sure your intro and conclusion are about the use of non – Jewish melodies (nothing else – not the use of instruments, or the history of Jewish liturgical music, etc.)
- NOTE: Israel Najara mentioned in the book Let jasmine rain down, was a rabbi..
- The pages from Idelsohn’s book cover Medieval Germany
- Submit as an at Word document
- Not more than THREE 1.5 – spaced pages
- Cite your sources
Shelemay, Kay Kaufman. Let jasmine rain down: song and remembrance among Syrian Jews (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1998)
Idelsohn, A. Z. (Abraham Zvi). Jewish music in its historical development (New York: Tudor Pub. Co., 1944, c1929)