Social Functions of Synagogue Song: A Durkheimian Approach by Jonathan L. Friedmann paints a detailed picture of the important role sacred music plays in Jewish religious communities. Drawing upon the work of �mile Durkeim, the book examines how synagogue songs serve disciplinary, cohesive, revitalizing, and euphoric functions.
The study of synagogue ritual and prayer has been dominated by research into historical origins and textual traditions. Friedmann adds a distinctive lens by analyzing synagogue rituals using sociological theory. He thereby provides insights into the social impact of 'praying' making a vital contribution to the understanding of praying and the roles and meanings for prayer leaders and congregants. -- Joel Gereboff, Arizona State University In this wide ranging and deeply sourced study, Jonathan Friedmann displays both an erudition of knowledge and a passionate commitment to Jewish sacred music that will inform and inspire readers. Friedmann's lucid prose, obvious expertise in the Cantorate, and comprehensive understanding of Durkheim's religious theory further enhances the very substantial value of this unique volume. -- Brad Stetson, California State University, Long Beach Jonathan L. Friedmann's work is thoroughly researched, abundantly illustrated, and convincing. As a cantor, Friedmann provides a unique and valuable perspective that few scholars can begin to approach. More importantly, he offers a creative and engaging look at the communal functions of synagogue song and, at the same time, also offers readers a wider comparative application of his four functional categories across religions and cultures. -- Jon R. Stone, California State University, Long Beach
Number Of Pages: 198
Published: 26th April 2012
Dimensions (cm): 23.6 x 15.9 x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.458