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February 9, 2017

The Temple Harp Project:

Since 1987,  The House of  Harrari has worked in partnership with the Temple Institute, a non-profit organization located in the Old City of Jerusalem, to prepare the harps that will be needed for the future Temple.  

The harp that we build from your contributions will be presented to the Temple Institute of Jerusalem for dedication and safekeeping. 

There they will be kept on public display awaiting their true purpose, to bring forth holy music in the Temple, sending this blessing of sound and healing out to the whole world.

This beautiful harp (nevel in Hebrew) was donated to the Temple Institute in 2016. The harp was hand-crafted by the renowned Jerusalem craftsman Micah Harrari, who, together with his wife Shoshanna, revived the ancient art of harp making in the land of Israel some twenty years ago. The nevel pictured above was made out of native Israeli Rosewood, and features twenty-two strings, the number of letters in...

January 19, 2017

“So it came about whenever the evil spirit from God came to Saul, David would take the harp and play it with his hand; and Saul would be refreshed and be well, and the evil spirit would depart from him”. (Samuel I 16:23)

"The healing influence of the sound of the harp has been well–known for many centuries.  Woven throughout our ancient traditions are the legends about the Harp of Israel.  The ancient Biblical stories of Yuval, David and Serach are wondrous tales of the healing power of the harp music that comes forth from its strings".  (Serech, Midrash Hagadol, Vayigash 45:26)

When Joseph’s brothers were returning from Egypt where they had discovered their long-lost brother alive and close to the throne, they worried how to break the news to their father, Jacob.  They feared the shock might be too much for him to bear.  When they approached Jacob's house, they noticed Asher's daughter, Serech, coming out to greet them.  She was an extraordinary girl and she played the harp be...

May 11, 2015

In the Fields of Ancient Days

Upon the green meadows of Israel long ago, peaceful shepherds sung their songs and played their harps...

The mystical sounds of the harp had been heard from time immemorial.  Yuval, one of the great-grandchildren of Adam and Eve, “was the ancestor of all who play kinnor and ugav” (Genesis 4:20-21).  

Generations later, a young shepherd named David was inspired by the harp’s peaceful and healing sounds.  Wherever David went, he would take his harp with him, and wherever he slept at night, he would hang it on a tree branch above him.  

In the middle of the night, as the wind changed direction, it would blow across the strings, and the harp would begin to be played by the wind.  David would awaken with inspiration to these mystical sounds, pick up his harp, and sing his deepest feelings to G-d.  

Many beautiful melodies were played throughout the land, but the most beautiful of all were the psalms of David.  It is known that he composed all of the m...

April 18, 2002

Many years ago, Israeli archaeologists discovered an ancient painting on the wall of a cave in the area of Har Megiddo in northern Israel. This painting of a man and his primitive Nevel was carbon dated to be about 3000 years old, from around the time of King David. Before the appearance of the Nevel, most of the stringed instruments of that time were based on the shape of the Kinnor harp. 

When we began to build our first harp, this drawing was our inspiration.  Thus the Atara Nevel was born.

January 17, 1995

How it All Began…

Once upon a time in a small mountain cabin surrounded by beautiful trees and deer, a young couple, Micah and Shoshanna, were experiencing simple life on the land.  They grew gardens, drew water from the springs, and enjoyed the quiet and peace of nature.  

But one day a seed was planted in Shoshanna’s heart ~ the desire for a harp.

She asked her husband Micah, an instrument maker by profession, to make her the harp of her dreams.  He agreed that it was a great idea.  

Living in nature in a lovely but primitive way, however, takes up the whole day!  From dawn till dusk, there’s always much to do…

As much as they both wanted to see the harp become a reality, this didn’t happen until many years later after making aliyah to Israel in 1982.  After traveling through Israel for a year or two, they settled down a little bit on the shores of the Kinneret, near Tiberias.  This was where their first harp was made.  

 
Micah and Shoshanna Harrari have been building...

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February 9, 2017

The Temple Harp Project:

Since 1987,  The House of  Harrari has worked in partnership with the Temple Institute, a non-profit organization located in the Old City of Jerusalem, to prepare the harps that will be needed for the future Temple....

January 19, 2017

“So it came about whenever the evil spirit from God came to Saul, David would take the harp and play it with his hand; and Saul would be refreshed and be well, and the evil spirit would depart from him”. (Samuel I 16:23)

"The healing influence of the sound of the harp h...

May 11, 2015

In the Fields of Ancient Days

Upon the green meadows of Israel long ago, peaceful shepherds sung their songs and played their harps...

The mystical sounds of the harp had been heard from time immemorial.  Yuval, one of the great-grandchildren of Adam and Eve, “was the an...

April 18, 2002

Many years ago, Israeli archaeologists discovered an ancient painting on the wall of a cave in the area of Har Megiddo in northern Israel. This painting of a man and his primitive Nevel was carbon dated to be about 3000 years old, from around the time of King David. Be...

January 17, 1995

How it All Began…

Once upon a time in a small mountain cabin surrounded by beautiful trees and deer, a young couple, Micah and Shoshanna, were experiencing simple life on the land.  They grew gardens, drew water from the springs, and enjoyed the quiet and peace of natur...

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