Today, there’s a growing awareness of music’s therapeutic capabilities, and although this concept seems relatively new, if you were to research the topic, you would find that in ancient Jewish culture, more than 3,000 years ago, music was used as a strong therapeutic tool.
In the bible, the first mention of musical therapy is in Samuel 1 16:23, when David was invited to King Saul’s palace to play the lyre, because an evil spirit tormented him, thanks to David’s music, the evil spirit left King Saul and he was happy again and could rule the kingdom.
Many hypothesize that the Levites who played at The Temple knew and practiced musical therapy, their ancient therapeutic musical formulas lost with the fall of The Second Temple.
During the Jewish diaspora, many Jews made new Jewish music that partially compensated for the Levites’ lost melodies.
The book of psalms, written by King David, is full of beautiful therapeutic songs, many of which were sung by the Levites at The Temple, The Levites used to sing those songs in certain melodies which were also lost in the fall of The Second Temple.
Many say that these melodies had strong frequencies of healing and a connection to The Lord, for example: “Psalms of Asaph”, and the psalms of “Hallelujah” and “A song of ascents”.
The last chapter in The Book of Psalms, chapter 150, brings a strong spiritual transcendence as every part of our soul is praising the lord. The Levites used to sing this song frequently and thus it is considered the most important song in Jewish music, since the days of The Second Temple and to this day.