Sunday, March 15, 2020

To halachically-observant musicians, a word for these times

"Let me hear your voice."

There has been much recent livestreaming by non-Orthodox musicians, especially this past Shabbat, after the coronavirus pandemic closed so many synagogues.

No, I certainly don't expect you to violate halachah (Jewish religious law) by livestreaming or telecasting on Shabbat or Shalosh Regalim.

But you might wish to consider "broadcasting" Kabbalat Shabbat services, turning the camera off after L'cha Dodi--the (Orthodox) Hampton Synagogue does that.

Or, if that's not an option, livestreaming Havdalah and/or a Malavah Malkah would be delightful.  You could also include a link for donations at that hour.

From what I've read, many musicians are watching their livelihoods vanish as classes, religious services, concerts, music lessons, etc. are cancelled.  I hardly think that I'm the only one willing to pay for an online performance, as I would if attending in person.  I've already paid for one performance this morning by a non-Orthodox musician.  I hope you'll jump on the online bandwagon, because I'm looking forward to listening to your music.  In tough times like these, we need all the chizuk (strength, encouragement) that we can get.



Blogger Lenny Solomon said...

I have performed a Kabbalat Shabbat Service with a Keyboard then turned everything off before Shabbat officially came in. It is definitely a doable task. I have also done a havdalah service followed by a shlock rock concert. So both can be done!

Sun Mar 15, 05:41:00 PM 2020  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Great! Hope to see you online!

Sun Mar 15, 10:40:00 PM 2020  

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