Jewish Phish Food for the Soul
For those who don’t know, Phish is a rock-jam band from Vermont, in the spirit of the Grateful Dead. They have inspired thousands of, dare I say it, religious followers who travel great distances to see them and keep track of how many concerts they have attended. I know people who have attended hundreds.
Thanks to the internet I found this quote attributed to Mike Gordon from 2007:
Music, fills many of the holes that religion leaves open. The philosophical feeling behind religion, a religious upbringing, and even the notion of praying to God is very abstract. This transfers directly to my relationship with music. While you cannot necessarily touch music, you can feel it and it is something to believe in. I’ve always compared my movements on stage to davening [praying]. To me, music has always served as that type of religious release.
Rabbi Darby Leigh is a rabbi in Montclair, New Jersey and in NYC. He is an alum of the Rabbi Without Borders fellowship and tweets at @RabbiDarby.