Cantillation I: Reading Torah
taught by Darshan Phil Weiss
6 sessions, 9:30 – 11am Sundays
February 24, March 3, 10, 24, 31, April 7
Ever wonder about those funny marks in biblical texts that aren’t vowels? In Hebrew they are called טעמים-- t’amim (which means “tastes” or “accents”). It turns out that they serve both as punctuation marks and as musical notations (thus indicating the “taste” of the text). In English they are called “tropes” (since they indicate the “turns of phrase” in the text). In this course, students will learn to interpret those marks in the process of chanting from the Torah. The hope is that this will lead to our congregation having more people who know how to read Torah and who will be able to participate in our services by chanting portions of the Torah. The only prerequisite for the course is the ability to decode Hebrew letters. Phil will be providing trope sheets and an MP3 file. It would be great if students came with either email addresses at which they can receive the file or USB drives onto which they can download the file.
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