A niggun is a wordless song
filled with syllables like those in Take Five
. Niggunim (pl.) are sung repeadley as means of meditation
, becoming closer to G-d
, and prayer
. Its origins are in the chassidic movement
, whose goal is to bring G-d, Judaism
to every Jew.
Nigguns are usually sung in groups, giving them an even more mystical appearance than they have when sung alone. There are niggunim (plural) for holidays, celebrations, struggles, even death. Some are slow and have a monotone-like sound. Often a niggun will start slowly and build up power, kind of like a whirling dervish, until a religious frenzy is reached. The niggun corresponds to the Baal Shem Tov's concept of integrating prayers and G-d's prescence into everyday life.