Let there be MUSIC!

Soaring high in peace and harmony. (Miriam Leah)

Ahhhh, Creation! In the Beginning…

I believe there’s a reason I’m a bas Levi, from the Shevet that was responsible for the music making for God in the Holy Temples. I believe there’s a reason I’m named for a close family member who dedicated his entire life to music. I also believe in the power of music and that it is unmatched by any other force there is. God created our world and remains constant, always present. In His infinite wisdom, the Ribbono Shel Olam sustains all of His Creation with perfect harmony. For without it, the universe couldn’t function and would cease to exist. This is how God shows us just how significant music is to Him.

I believe God’s greatest gifts to mankind are song and harmony, which are integral parts of His Torah.

… and I am ever so grateful to share with you *

                                                 My Music

Every sinew is composed of it

Every vein flows with it

Every breath lives for it


Notes inside me, moving all about

Instruments, voices, scores

Melodies, sweet and sorrowful

Harmonies galore       

I hear them all


Rhapsodies, serenades


Highest spirits call


Vast universe of peaceful harmony embracing me,

Now all is a symphony

One with my music

I am set free, free to be me


בְּרֵאשִׁ֖ית בָּרָ֣א אֱלִ֑קִ֖ים אֵ֥ת הַשָּׁמַ֖יִם וְאֵ֥ת הָאָֽרֶץ

וְהָאָ֗רֶץ הָֽיְתָ֥ה תֹ֨הוּ֙ וָבֹ֔הוּ    Now the earth was astonishingly empty.  And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.

In the Beginning of God’s Creation of the Heavens and Earth…   And God saw the light that it was good, and God separated between the light and between the darkness.  And God called the light day, and the darkness He called night, and it was evening and it was morning, one day.     וַֽיְהִי־עֶ֥רֶב וַֽיְהִי־בֹ֖קֶר י֥וֹם אֶחָֽד  …

In the Beginning…  after Danny was niftar, a’h, there was  תֹ֨הוּ֙ וָבֹ֔הוּ a void so vast and deep, the music was lost for what seemed an eternity.  God knew that wasn’t good, “Let there be MUSIC!” whispered in my ear.  A Niggun hummed in my heart and lips one very precious Shabbos night.

It was night and it was morning, One Niggun.   *Miriam’s Niggun

(Singing and playing drum, in Arbah Kanfote Women’s Chorus performance, for Women audiences only.)

CHAZAK!      Miriam Leah

About the Author
Miriam Leah Epstein Preil grew up in the midwest, but her heart has always been in Israel! She began playing piano by ear when she was six years old, and by age seven was already studying piano seriously. Her musicality and passion for music were remarkable from an early age. She and the piano are inseparable! Music fills her life and home. Miriam Leah has composed pieces for piano, piano and voice, and many Niggunim. Her poetry is unique, each poem stands on its own yet becomes greater within her collection of poems. All universal. She utilizes her writing to engage people in thought, stir discussion, share insights, support causes, bring forth truths, educate, and inspire souls. She has taught Judaics and Jewish music extensively in Jewish Day schools for many years. Miriam Leah combines her love of music and creative writing with her devotion to Am Yisroel and Eretz Yisroel, through her writing of Divrei Torah and advocating for Jewish values and Israel.
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