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 *
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
I hear them all
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