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The Detroit Jewish News, 1983-09-02

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sor of sociology and Jewish
Studies at City College of
New York, indicates that an
estimated 9,000 young
American Jews above the
age of 18 are studying Tal-
mudic lore in yeshivot full
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The Dilemma of Our Hazzanim

By SAMUEL ROSENBAUM

Of all the arts, says Prof.
Abraham Heschel, haz-
zanut most reveals the soul
of the artist. All creative ar-
tists leave a piece of them-
selves in their work, but it is
not always exposed. The
voice, sincerely raised in
prayer, is always an evoca-
tion of what is in the heart
and mind of the hazzan,
bared and open for all to
sense.
Beset by the knowledge of
his own inadequacies, the
hazzan must, nevertheless,
be the spokesman, the
shaliakh tzibur, of
whom he would lead in
prayer. Because only one
broken heart can fully
understand another and
only one who has himself
been defeated by life's prob-
lems can fully understand
the frustration of another
loser, it might seem that the
best hazzan is one who best
expresses the frustrations
and the disappointments of
his congregants because he
himself has experienced
them.
Yet, the hazzan who is
himself defeated by life, is,
in the end, a poor shliakh
tzibur. For the act of prayer
is an act of faith, an expres-
sion of the possibility of
hope. Prayer for the sake of
the mechanical repetition of
fixed texts is meaningless
and purposeless.
What is required is that
the shaliakh tzibur
should know intimately
the doubts and the pain
which beset his people
and yet, at the same time,
be able to articulate the
hope and the promise
that are the birthright of
every hunian being. It is
for this purpose that the
hazzan enlists the art of
music.

And this is the great di-
lemma: How, at the same
time, to be sincere, under-
standing, honest and open
and, yet, conscious of the
strict disciplines of the mus-
ical art. Hazzanut is a dif-
ficult synthesis of art and
faith.
One might think that the
hazzan should come to the
amud without prior prep-
aration and allow his own
thoughts and feelings about
the liturgy at that particu-
lar time to express them-
selves as they will. Isn't
there something inherently
premeditated, and therefore
dishonest about preparing
an emotional response in
advance?
' We might agree except for
one thing.
The hazzan's sacred
duty is to be more con-
cerned with the needs of
those he leads in prayer
than with his own needs.

Patrilineal OK

The Central Conference
of American Rabbis in April
approved a resolution per-
mitting its member Reform
rabbis to accept pro-
visionally as Jewish any
child of a mixed marriage
whether or not the mother is
Jewish, if the child
validates his or her Jewish
identity "through appropri-
ate and timely public and
formal acts of identification
with the Jewish people."

Woman Rabbi

American Conservative
rabbis, meeting at the Rab-
binical. Assembly conven-
tion in April, rejected the
application of Reform-
ordained woman Rabbi Be-
verly Magidson. ApproVal
of the application would
have made Magidson the
first Conservative woman
rabbi.

Survivors Gather

Thousands of survivors of
the Holocaust and their
children from throughout
the United States and
Canada converged on
Washington in April for the
four-day American Gather-
ing of Jewish Holocaust
Survivors.

For their sake he cannot
come unprepared, hop-
ing that in the excitement
of the moment he will
create a prayer-song
which will evoke the de-
sire to pray in others. Be-
fore he can lead in
prayer, he must lead to
prayer.
Like a teacher, who must
skillfUlly map out his
classroom procedure in ad-
vance no matter how
thorough his knowledge of
the subject — so the hazzan
must give careful attention
beforehand to what he will
sing and how he will sing it.
Sincerity and piety are
fundamental and important
but vocal line, artistic in-
terpretation of the nusa and
the text are vital if he is to
gain the attention of the
worshipper and involve him
in the act of prayer.
To be at once artless and
artistic, that is the dilemma
of the hazzan.

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