Joy (5 June 2016)  21155


Lord Sacks, the former Chief Rabbi, uses his debut presenting Something Understood to reflect on joy through music, prose and poetry and some profound insights from his own life.

In a deep and moving programme Rabbi Sacks reflects on the difference between joy and happiness. The programme begins with a blast from Beethoven’s great Choral Symphony and the final movement which uses the words of Schiller’s Ode to Joy , Freude, schöner Götterfunken, “Joy, O wondrous spark divine.” He goes on to point out the fact that Jewish history has not been obviously full of joy, but he uses two Psalms to illustrate the fact that despite suffering the Jewish faith is full of joy and the praise of God.

He ponders the uncertain world we live in and the anxiety it causes. Nevertheless he says “we are in a world filled with beauty. Every breath we breathe is the spirit of God within us. Around us is the love that moves the sun and all the stars. We are here because someone wanted us to be.”

Another aspect of the modern world, the ‘selfie’, prompts an insight inspired by Wordsworth’s poem Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey. “The self is too narrow a place to find meaning and satisfaction…the power of joy is that it momentarily silences the self so that we can see into “the life of things” and hear the music of the universe.”

Presenter: Lord Sacks
Producer: Michael Wakelin
A TBI Media production for BBC Radio 4.

Music Played
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Ludwig van Beethoven

Orchestral Section Last Movement, Beethoven Symphony No 9
Performer: Beethoven.
Essential Classics CD1. Deutsche Grammophon.

Gustav Holst

The Planets Op. 32 IV. Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity

Performer: The BBC Symphony Orchestra with Conductor: Sir Malcolm Sargent.

Gustav Holst: The Planets (Stereo Remaster). Harrison James Music.

When You Believe

Israel – Home of Hope. Wienerworld.

Chatzi Kaddish

Selichot. Wienerworld.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture

The A To Z Of Classical. Naxos ?.

Thomas Montgomery Newman

And That Right Soon

Performer: Thomas Newman.

The Shawshank Redemption OST. Beverly Drive Music Universal/Mca Music Limited.

Gad Elbaz


Israel – Home of Hope. Wienerworld.

George Harrison

The Beatles – Here Comes The Sun

Performer: The Beatles.

Abbey Road. EMI Catalogue.

Title: Psalm 100, NIV Holy Bible
Author: New International Version
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

Title: The Diaries of Samuel Pepys – A Selection
Author: Samuel Pepys
Publisher: Penguin Classics

Title: Psalm 30, NIV Holy Bible
Author: New International Version
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

Title: Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey
Author: William Wordsworth


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