Shamil: Concept, practice and reception of a Nigun in Habad Hasidism

Edwin Seroussi*

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The article discusses the conception, performance and reception of nigun Shamil as a representative case of the social, literary and technological mechanisms that characterize music in Habad, past and present. The author argues for the centrality of non-accompanied, mostly wordless vocal tunes performed by the Hasidic masters such as the Lubavitcher Rebbe, as a main vehicle for the articulation of both the heightening of mystical experience and the teaching of Hasidism.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)287-306
Number of pages20
JournalStudia Judaica
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2017

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  • Habad
  • Hasidism
  • Music
  • Nigun
  • Shamil


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