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Monthly Archives: May 2010

Birthday and the Beatles

I’m going to keep this post short, because it’s my birthday, and I don’t feel like working too much – or staring at a computer screen. This morning, as promised […]

Integral Yoga Institute Magazine

“Rabbi Andrew Hahn (Reb Drew) maintained an interest in music throughout his years of academic and rabbinic study and ultimately began to attend Sanskrit kirtans led by Krishna Das, Wah!, Deval Premal and Miten, among others. Reb Drew learned to play harmonium. It seemed only natural to Reb Drew, as someone who had danced in synagogues and pounded more than a few Sabbath tables, that Hebrew would function wonderfully in a kirtan framework.”

Lancaster Intellegencer

“Jewish mystic traditions that have been repressed for hundreds of years are now being reborn as Jews seek more spirituality in their lives.

Rabbi Andrew Hahn of Manhattan, N.Y., will introduce Lancaster to an Asian Indian-style Hebrew mystical chant, called a kirtan, at 7:30 tonight at Congregation Degel Israel (sic!), Duke Street.

‘Many Jews these days are not finding in regular Jewish worship services the kind of spirituality they are seeking,’ Hahn said in a telephone interview this week.”

Interfaith Today

“Every few generations, Judaism transforms itself. One such radical change has been underway now since the 1970s. A powerful force within the current wave of revitalization—the ecstatic movement—counts among its proponents, an emerging leader, Rabbi Andrew Hahn, ‘The Kirtan Rabbi.'”
Read the full article in pdf format.

LA Yoga

“Rabbi Andrew Hahn, known as the Kirtan Rabbi, has been facilitating bhajan (sacred song) over the last several years. His goal is to create a cross-fertilization of song and wisdom by bringing Jewish teachings to the Yoga world even as he presents bhakti (devotion) to the Jewish world.” Read the full article in pdf format.

Baltimore Jewish Times

“When the lights dim at the Owings Mills Jewish Community Center on Saturday night, Nov. 10, the chanting will begin. The drums will beat. Voices will vibrate.

From 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., the JCC’s Adult Life department presents ‘Kirtan Rabbi: Mystical Hebrew Chant.’ The evening, according to adult life coordinator Miriam Abramovich, ‘from start to finish is going to be really exciting.'”

Purimania Pittsburgh

“On Purim, some Jews have the custom of becoming intoxicated, but alcohol was not needed to lift the spirits of the children and adults who chanted and drummed during two separate services at Congregation Beth Shalom on Saturday night.”
Read the full article in pdf format.


“The combination of music and religious ritual is well known: church choirs, stirring Gospel singers in black congregations, Sufi music, the earth-shaking song of the Tibetan monks, the almost intoxicating song of mystical unification which bursts forth from the temples of the Sikhs, and the holy drums in Afro-Caribbean rituals. The place of music within Judaism is also not absent, and there is space in it for cantors, niggunim and chants. And if it is possible to take what’s good from all worlds — well, why not? Meet Rabbi Andrew Hahn, known simply as Reb Drew, a New York rabbi who does kirtan.”

New Jersey Jewish News

From the Age of Aquarius to the New Age movement of the ’80s and beyond, many Jews have sought to enhance their spirituality by borrowing from Eastern religions — cribbing a chant from the Buddhists here, a meditation practice from the Hindus there. But for some, a nagging, uncomfortable question remains: Is this kosher?

Purim is here, but Andrew Hahn, aka the Kirtan Rabbi, is the real megilla.
Read the full article at the New Jersey Jewish News website

Hebrew Kirtan with the Kirtan Rabbi

Teacher and chant composer  Rabbi Andrew Hahn (the “Kirtan Rabbi”) joins Shoshana Jedwab on percussion and other friends for an evening of sacred call-and-response singing and meditative learning. Hebrew kirtan […]