Learn How to Chant the Book of Ruth

The Book of Ruth is chanted in synagogues on the second day of Shavuot, and this course teaches you how to do it.
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  • Lectures 6
  • Length 35 mins
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 4/2015 English

Course Description

The Book of Ruth is chanted in Hebrew in synagogues on the second day of Shavuot, the holiday which commemorates both the receiving of the Torah and the harvest festival. In this course, you will learn the trope with which to chant Ruth (known as Shir HaShirim trope). In addition, you will be able to practice with the complete recordings of each of the four chapters. This course is intended for those who already know how to read Hebrew, know how to apply trope to chant the Hebrew text. If you don't know how to chant trope, you can still learn the chapters from the recordings included.

What are the requirements?

  • You should already know how to read Hebrew

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Chant the Book of Ruth from the original Hebrew text
  • Chant Shir HaShirim trope
  • Use Shir HaShirim trope to chant the other Megillot Kohelet (Ecclesiastes) and Shir HaShirim (Song of Songs)

What is the target audience?

  • This course is intended for those who already read Hebrew, already know how to use trope to chant Torah, Haftarah or other Hebrew text
  • If you have never used trope, you can still learn how to chant Ruth from the four prerecorded chapters included in the course.

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Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Learn to Chant the Book of Ruth

In this introductory lesson, students are introduced to the Book of Ruth, its place in the Hebrew Bible, when it is chanted publicly in the synagogue, and why.

Shir HaShirim Trope
Book of Ruth, Chapter 1
Book of Ruth, Chapter 2
Book of Ruth, Chapter 3
Book of Ruth, Chapter 4

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Instructor Biography

Melanie Fine, Cantor

Melanie Fine is an invested Hazzan (Cantor, in English) with over 20 years' experience. She was graduated from the Cantorial School of the Jewish Theological Seminary and has served congregations in New York, Rhode Island, Indiana and California. She has trained thousands in chanting Torah, Haftarah, the Megillot and in davening. She currently serves as the cantor of Congregation Har-El in Palm Desert, California.

In addition, Hazzan Fine is an award-winning high school science educator, encouraging and enabling countless students to pursue careers in the scientific fields, especially in chemistry, physics and engineering. She has taught in both the public and private sectors, and has been a driving force in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education long before it became a political charge and household word.

Fine earned her B.A. in Chemistry from Cornell University in 1987, studying under such luminaries as Dr. Roald Hoffmann, winner of the 1981 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, and poet and author Robert Morgan. She received a Masters in Sacred Music and Cantorial Investiture from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York in 1997, and has earned writing and education certifications from UCLA and Chapman University, respectively. She has also studied Physics Modeling Instruction at Florida International University, and has attended by invitation, physics education professional development at University of California, Riverside. She writes a blog on science, offers online chemistry education at http://ChemIn10.com, and runs the Facebook page Science Matters. Her writings have been featured on the Huffington Post blog, among others.

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Among her many accolades, Fine has been named Amgen Fellow of the National Science Teachers' Association (NSTA) and received the prestigious American Vacuum Society's educators' grant. She lives with her 8-year-old son and young scientist, Max.

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