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This amazing story began in California about eighteen years ago among a young Jewish couple, Shoshanna and Micah Harrari. Shoshanna had a desire for a small lap harp, very different from the classical harp that most people are familiar with. In the past she had tried other instruments but nothing had seemed right for her. Four years later, the Harraris made aliyah to Israel. They discovered a drawing of a small harp from a cave located at Megiddo. The drawing dated back 3,500 years. From this drawing Micah, who was a guitar maker, began to fashion Shoshannas lap harp. At the time the Harraris were living at Tiberias. Their yard had a lemon tree and one hot day a neighbor came to pick the lemons. Invited in for a drink of water, she noticed Micahs harp, then under construction. This lady happened to be a journalist for the Jerusalem Post and began a story on the Harrari harp. Her research revealed that the harp was the Biblical harp known as the Nevel and had not been made for almost two thousand years.

The article on the Harrari harp catapulted them into international prominence. To musicologists, historians, Bible scholars and teachers the return of the harp was interpreted as an astounding event. At this time Shoshanna and Micah knew very little about the history or Biblical significance of the harps. According to Shoshanna, people came to their home to ask questions on the harps. They responded that they were very busy at the time and asked everyone to write their questions down and come back in a few days. In the meantime Shoshanna and Micah delved into books in order to find the answers so as not to be embarrassed.

"The kinnor goes back to the very beginning of human civilization and is mentioned in Genesis 4:21 - ďAnd the name of his brother was Yuval (Jubal), he was the ancestor of all who play the kinnor (lyre) and ugav (flute)". It was the type of harp David played as a shepherd sitting in the fields composing his first melodies. It is also the type of harp described in the Talmud connected with the imminent arrival of the Messiah"

The Kinnor represents one of the major harps of the scriptures. The Kinnor is the Lyre of David and anciently had three to twelve strings. Shoshanna and Micah had chosen ten strings for the their harp as they wanted a full rich scale that would be interesting to the musician. Early one morning an elderly rabbi appeared at the Harrari home and requested to see the Kinnor. Very carefully he counted the strings, then counted again and again. He was obviously moved and Shoshanna and Micah asked him why. The rabbi then told them of an ancient portion of the Talmud that states: "The harp of the ten strings is reserved for the day when the world that is to come (the Olam Haba) is united in one harmonious whole." Its reappearance signifies the soon coming of the Messiah and the redemption.

Today, our music is set up on an eight-note scale called an octave. This dates back to ancient times. Scripturally, there are several references to a song known as the New Song. This song is understood to be the song that is sung when Messiah comes. The commentaries of the rabbis abound with tremendous revelations of that time whenever this phrase is commented on. The New Song is understood to be on a new ten-note scale rather than the eight-note octave. These two additional notes, even though now present, cannot be heard at this time.

"The ten string lyres, or kinnors, have great spiritual significance to the Jews.  It is the symbol of Israel.  Even the number ten has a spiritual significance. There is the theory that when the Messiah returns to set up his kingdom, music will be heard more clearly than we are able to hear now, with a ten note scale instead of a seven note one.  The ten string kinnor will be used to play the "new song" mentioned in the Old and New Testaments." http://members.truepath.com/NancyCupp/harp.html

In the days of David and King Saul, the harp was used when the evil spirit came upon Saul. According to 1 Samuel 16.23, David played the harp and sang for Saul, who was restored with peace. 

A famous midrash tells of David hanging his Kinnor in a tree at night as he lay down. At midnight, the north wind would blow and the harp would begin to play, awakening David to study Torah. In Hebrew the word for wind is ruach, the same word that is used for spirit: the Ruach haKodesh is the Holy Spirit.

"it is also written of this harp that the Shir Hadash or New Song, whose main theme is a world of no more war, will be sung upon it. One day a rabbi visited the Harrari's humble shop and asked to see their ten string kinnor. Tears came to his eyes. He said that it had been prophecied that when the ten string kinnor was being made again in Jerusalem, the Messiah would come. It's an exciting time to be alive!." http://www.philologos.org/bpr/files/h007.htm

 

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