Chanting the Hebrew Bible: Student Edition With Audio CD

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About the Book

The most authoritative guide on cantillation, in a concise paperback edition.

This is a condensed, 300-page, user-friendly paperback edition of Joshua Jacobson’s masterpiece—the comprehensive 1000-page guide to cantillation. It is an ideal instructional guide for adult and young-adult students of Torah, for b’nai mitzvah students, and for cantors, rabbis, and Jewish educators of all denominations.

Like the original edition, it includes an explanation of the tradition and a description of the practice of chanting, with all its regional variations and grammatical rules. There is detailed instruction, with musical notation, on chanting of Torah, and shorter instructions for chanting the haftarah, the megillot, and readings for the High Holy Days. More than 85 links to the audio CD throughout make it easy for readers to follow examples in sound as well as in print and is invaluable for those who cannot read music. Charts, helpful hints, pronunciation guide, glossary, and indexes to the book and the CD complete the book.

Joshua Jacobson, professor of music and conductor of the acclaimed Boston-based Zamir Chorale, has been Torah chanting since he was 10 years old. That life-long experience, combined with an unquenchable desire to reconnect the art of cantillation with the most convincing and accurate treatment of the ancient text possible, led him to create this indispensable teaching tool. Using Jacobson’s highly acclaimed approach, the ancient words come alive in a new, deeply emotional and most accurate way.

Chanting the Hebrew Bible, Complete Edition can be found here.

Joshua R. Jacobson

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Joshua R. Jacobson, one of the foremost authorities on Jewish choral music, is professor of music and director of Choral Activities at Northeastern University and visiting professor and senior consultant in the School of Jewish Music at Hebrew College. He is past president of the Massachusetts chapter of the American Choral Directors Association. Over one hundred of his choral arrangements, editions and compositions have been published, and are frequently performed by choirs around the world. The first edition of Chanting the Hebrew Bible was a the National Jewish Book Award finalist. He is co-author of Translations and Annotations of Choral Repertoire—Volume IV: Hebrew Texts, published by earthsongs in 2009.

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