Bina: Shabbat Kirtan
Rebbe Nachman and other Jewish mystical masters knew that the patterns of prayer could easily become rote and mechanical. They urged those seeking to pray to find ever new and renewed ways of connecting to the Holy One.
Bina, BHA's Shabbat kirtan experience, is a melding of Hebrew liturgy with Indian music to create a devotional call and response chant. It is an easy to follow practice, designed to invoke the contemplative spirit at the heart of davvening.
Instead of racing through many words, we chant just a few verses from the Shabbat liturgy many times, with intention and focus supported by Cantor Ellen's shruti box and Rabbi Brent's meditative guidance.
Kirtan is a form of chant developed in India to heighten participation, communal feeling and ecstatic communion with the divine. Kirtan is fully participatory. It breaks down the barrier between “leader” and “listener.” It's improvisational and experimental nature, make it a fun, yet strangely deep game to play — for both adults and children. More information on Hebrew kirtan is available here.
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