by Cantor Sherwood Goffin
HISTORIC CHASSIDIC WRITINGS – THE POWER OF THE NIGGUN Part 1
“How do you pray to God? Is it possible to pray with words alone? Come, I will show you a new way to God – not with words or sayings- but with song. We will sing and the Lord on High will understand us”.
“The tongue is the pen of the heart, but melody is the quill of the soul”.
R’ Shneur Zalman Of Liadi
(1st Chabad Rebbe)
“Through the power of Neginah (music), one may conquer the heart.”
“Through song, the Gates of Heaven can be opened. Sadness closes them. The origin of all songs is Holy, for impurity has no song, and is the root of all sadness”.
R’ Naftali of Ropshitz
Source: “Songs of the Chassidim,” by Velvel Pasternak