CANTOR MARCUS FELDMAN
BAR MITZVAH AND TROPE
Judaism has a very beautiful value called Hiddur Mitzvah, which means beautification of the Mitzvah. Our tradition teaches that while we are obligated to fulfill the Mitzvot, it is all the more powerful if we are able to make the Mitzvah even more beautiful and meaningful. Judaism’s primary tool for Hiddur Mitzvah is through music. We are not allowed to merely read the sacred texts or to just read our prayers; instead, each of our sacred works has their own unique musical motifs which elevate the text and enable us to become closer to God, ourselves, and the Jewish community. Through music, I hope to install in our students an even deeper connection to our tradition so that they can appreciate the rich heritage we have been fortunate enough to receive.