Music transcends differences. People speak different languages yet sing the same tune together.
We are coming fresh off the High Holidays, the Days of Awe, when the songs in the synagogue touched a primal chord, perhaps warmly reminding us of childhood near a grandparent, or of a family around a holiday table.
In secular life as well, a jingle or pop song we hear reminds us of and transports us to a time we’d first heard that song.
Our Torah portion this week, Haazinu, is a song. It begins with two characters, heaven and earth, which represent the soul and the body.
What soulful connection does music have with the heart and soul of man?
The story of one of the world’s leading violinist’s 300-year-old Stradivarius, a violin that saved Jews from Nazi Germany and brought them to the Land of Israel, conveys to us the power of music.
As does the stories of Itzhak Perlman and Ludwig van Beethoven, both of whom had major physical shortcomings. But, instead of making excuses, they made sublime music.
We can too.
And what better time to sing our song as we move from Yom Kippur into Sukkot, the time of joy and celebration?