Music: Did the Rabbis Make a Mistake?

Two music aficionados get together and discuss composers and compositions. Dennis Prager wonders why we don’t have instrumental music on Shabbos, considering that this was a key element during the time of the Holy Temple, and given its unparalleled ability to lift us to spiritual heights.

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks has a beautiful answer regarding the empowering of the human voice. Together they discuss Jewish composers of non-Jewish religious music and challenge great musicians to compose for us.

This clip was prepared by The Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI). Find the full conversation here.