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Cantor

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Author(s): Marsha Bryan Edelman, Philadelphia
The cantor designs and leads the musical parts of the Jewish religious service. The term "cantor" was established in modern times. The office itself goes back to the time after the destruction of the Temple and was established during the development of the synagogue rite; it correlated with the need of the community of a proficient in Liturgy, who led the community through the rite as a prayer leader or lead singer (Hebr.  ḥazzan, pl.  ḥazzanim). At the end of the 19th century, the Reform of the Rite (Organ) in Central Europe and the rise of a cantoral art in Easte…
Date: 2017-08-18