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The harp of Messianic days has eight strings, while the harp of the world to come has ten strings.
Rabbi Shimon teaches that musical instruments were used by all the prophets to reach an ecstatic mood before receiving the spirit of prophecy-except Moses, who did not need any external aids. Even if Moses did not need any external aids to reach prophesy he did play a wood flute.
One accent to the light is by song. As song draws the light of “chuchmah” (Divine creative inspiration) As taught by the Sulam on zohar Tikunim . The Shur Kuma teaches there rises song and Tune that begins elevation and arrouses below to above. After this there descends flow to the level below in the secret of including all in man. In the secret of remembering portions for tikun (repair). In the secret of each and every measure. Thus repairing all damages in oneself and the worlds, as is permitted and merited.
God created and formed all of creation according to the laws of musical harmony. God created humans with wisdom, in His own image, according to harmonic proportions.
Music includes natural mathematical acoustic laws of vibrations, they link with the 22 number-letter-notes the musical aspect of the Hebrew alphabet. The Hebrew number-letter-note (n-l-n) is one.
The Hebrew law of music is part of the Torah which is the divine blueprint of creation, including the cosmos.
The building blocks of Biblical Hebrew are not the number-letter, but the two-letter word roots. Each root possesses its own meaning; from these radiate out the different meanings which at first sight, appear totally unrelated.
The basic building brick of music is not the number-note, but the interval. Each interval possesses its own character, quality, and polarity, a tension with its own value especially within the decad 1…10.
The basic natural law of acoustics is the spontaneous generation of overtones of any note sounded: it generates further notes which are simple orderly whole number multiples of the fundamental’s vibration.
Professor R. Haase, Vienna, writes ‘Harmonic is the science of identical laws of proportion in nature, in man, in music.’
There are 12 most important intervals which are most frequently used-both in music and in nature.
R. Haase lists them as follows:
octave 1:2 minor seventh 5:9
fifth 2:3 minor second 8:9
fourth 3:4 major seventh 8:15
major sixth 3:5 minor second 15:16
major third 4:5 tritone 32:45
minor third 5:6
minor sixth 5:8
These correspond to the 12 permutations of Yhv”h, the 12 “simple” Hebrew letters, 12 hours of day and night and 12 constellations all this is explained in the Book of Abraham in the Bible called “Safer Yetzera” (The Book of Creation)
Torah Tradition understands these proportions, both as letter roots and as intervals, as basic structures of all form-giving processes of our universe. They are sung unceasingly by angelic beings.
Both ancient Torah wisdom teaching and modern Harmonics deal with the formation and the implicative order and preservation of the cosmos. Great regulation rests on the unity of number – and – harmony of vibrations.
Within the range of audible sound waves in the air (16-200 Hz), especially within the range of the voice (80-1024 Hz) man has access to interact with the laws of the universe, from fast ‘fire’ – to slow ‘water’ – waves and beyond these.
In sound alone, man finds this flawless match between quantity and quality, numbering and meaning – based on natural acoustic laws and man’s innate Divine intuition.
The Torah System of Harmonics contains the order, both as a whole and in part, of the totality of music. And discord – evil finds here its necessary redeeming function: in harmony. The System is representation of the exact harmony of our cosmos. Modern sciences are, unwittingly, engaged in producing more and more proofs for this at ever-increasing speed.
Torah Harmonics has the male-female voice as its touchtone. This is closely linked to the origin of music.
In earlier generations music and dance were sacred observances connecting with God’s forces of nature; they were expressed in the temple, prayers, blessings and exorcisms. The human voice was used as a vessel for non-human Divine voice utterance – as is the priestly blessing in prayer today, and the prayers of Holy people.
The divine service of the Hebrews use the spoken word is stylized into a chant, as is the Bible cantillation when singing from the Torah scoll. This way of singing the Torah God taught Moses at Sinai. The text is recited on a single note, a kind of tonal axis, while the beginning and the end of the sentences, and the main points of punctuation are marked by brief melodic flourishes.’
This form of singing, limited to a few notes, is not at all a natural form of either talking or singing. In talking, our speech produces a natural flow of voice, marked by frequent change of pitch. At the end of a normal sentence, the voice sinks by a fourth. An order or an exclamation is marked by a rise of the voice by a fourth. While the fifth upwards marks a question. And for tender expressions, the voice uses the third. All this is unconscious.
By channeling speech into a one-note recitation, a Spiritual hypnotic effect is produced, on hearers and speaker. Strangely enough, this even chant marks the birth of music! Paradoxically, music results when free movement of the voice ceases, and it is forced onto one repeated, perforated note. But to our hearing, this poor one note is the true music and farther from speech than the most melodious song. Why does music begin for us when our natural melodious speech is reduced to a single non-melodic interrupted note? Clearly, it is not melody alone – in the sense of pitch variation – which makes music for our understanding. It is our feeling that the chanter, the bard, carries a superhuman sound charged with a divine message.
Music awakens man’s soul to its greatest spiritual heights – to all-seeing, all-hearing, to all-knowing at once. Thus in the Bible we see music awakening the prophetic spirit – and music lets man partake of the Holy Spirit. ‘With a psaltery, a timbrel, a flute and a harp before them, they will be prophesying. And the spirit of the Yhv”h will come upon you, and you will be turned into another man’ (Samuel I x.5,6); “And when the minstrel played, the hand of the Yhv”h came upon him” (Kings II,2, 15).
Voice is the divine mark in man – Voice Is man
Man’s voice, his language echo G-d’s voice and utterance in Biblical Hebrew, tongue of creation and tongue of revelation
Jewish liturgy, laid the foundation of European music. The sacred song of Israel gave birth to the Georgian and Byzantine chant.
Music leads into the future. By regaining the ways of the harmonic Laws of the Hebrew Tradition, of tonality, can man also regain health and joy for himself and for creation.
The whole world is nothing more than singing and a dancing before the Holy One, blessed be He.
In the name of the Lord our God, we will sing a new song, complete and perfect, which will resonate to the vibrations of the music of the heavenly spheres, and the angels will joyfully sing antiphonally and in harmony, until the whole universe will be completely filled with light, joy, happiness, and honor with the arrival of our righteous Messiah quickly in our days !
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