Dave the Atheist Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > Are jews harps allowed in synagogues ?
Depends on the Jewish movement the synagogue is affiliated with, that specific congregation (the members of the congregation vote on this kind of issue), and also the circumstances of the "performance."
In Orthodox synagogues, no instruments are allowed for Shabbat or other "holy day" services...in Reform synagogues, instruments are usually allowed (depending on the specific congregation involved)...plus everything "in between" for everyone in between.
Some congregations are extremely musically-oriented (some congregations exist, specifically, to accommodate Jews who are in the performing arts in various capacities...and others are like IKAR, in Los Angeles, which is continuing to have a growing effect on congregations worldwide)...while other congregations are (by comparison) extremely restrained and "formal."
This is one of the many issues which underlie the phenomenon of Jews going "shul shopping." Often, Jews find the CONGREGATION they feel at home in, and THEN they identify with that particular Jewish movement.
But....some electronic organs are able to imitate the sounds of drums and bongos....and electric organs are permitted. Ergo: they should be permitted to use such or else organs should be used to create the sounds.
This is a particularly interesting question for me...
I just did a whirlwind "tour" of YouTube videos, looking and listening for indigenous African musical instruments, and the only thing I can see or hear in church-like services is pianos (mostly), with some organs.
In indigenous religious ceremonies (which are based on animist perspectives and ancestor worship), there are plenty of drums and other percussion instruments used (along with much singing and dancing, which often goes on for hours), but when people dress in "church-type clothes" (dresses...skirts...blouses..."business shirts"...long "business"-type slacks), evidently their musical practices in Christian religious services make a similar kind of religious transition (to Western-normative) as does their chosen clothing.
Bottom line: I could find no drums or other typical African musical instruments in the videos of Christian church services in Africa I found on YouTube...which is a shame, since the services would be far more to my liking if they included more African cultural elements.
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I can't decide whether to laugh or cry over this vision....maybe the answer is to do both.
I can set it all now.... beautiful bronze-colored Africans dressed in bright blues, reds, and yellows pulling (or pushing) carts also sporting bright hues, and the marchers, who cannot contain their song and dance to lighten the load, pull out the drums and other instruments they have brought along even when they were told to leave them behind.
But, hold on, the Stake President is shouting, "No, no, no. We must be appropriate. The right faith-promoting song to sing is, "Come, Come, Ye Saints". Let me help you with it.
Both Oaks and Nelson have graciously agreed to allow fellow members to play "We Thank Thee Oh God for a Prophet" in traditional African medley. Members have begun to line up for the blessed opportunity to beat the rhythm on the Mormon leaders' heads.
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