“Then Miriam the prophetess, Aaron’s sister, took a timbrel in her hand, and all the women followed her, with timbrels and dancing.”
Passover is upon us ~ a holiday commemorating the Hebrews’ liberation from slavery. It is a time to honor one of the many great women who holds a legacy with the frame drum… Miriam the Prophetess played the Tof Miriam (frame drum) and led the women in song and dance after the crossing of the Red Sea to freedom.
Miriam the Prophetess is an important figure in Jewish history and is particularly associated with the Tof Miriam, a type of hand drum (or frame drum pictured above)
The Tof Miriam is often referred to as the “Miriam’s drum” and is considered a symbol of female empowerment, leadership, and artistic expression. The sound of the drum is uplifting and helped promote a sense of joy and celebration after the difficult and stressful journey out of Egypt.
The Tof Miriam was made from a wooden frame with a stretched animal hide over one side and produces a rhythmic and lively sound that is suitable for dancing and singing. The drum is used in some Jewish celebrations, particularly during the holiday of Passover, which commemorates the Exodus from Egypt.
In addition to its cultural significance, the Tof Miriam is also seen as an instrument of social justice and feminist empowerment. The drum represents the important role that women have played throughout history in leading communities and inspiring change.
The Tof Miriam reminds us of the power of music, dance, and art to bring people together and promote social progress – YES!
I hope this may inspire you, as we remember all those drummers who walked before us on this path.💃
MARLA’S SHABBATON WORKSHOP & CONCERT PROGRAMS:
Marla is currently offering Tof Miriam Weekend Shabbatons (workshop and concert programs) for Synagogues and Jewish Festivals/events.
Marla can provide drums for your whole community, as well as offers solo or ensemble concerts.
MORE INFO: Please contact us here.
As a frame drum specialist, born with the Hebrew name Miriam, I feel deeply connected to her. I dedicated my debut album, “Rhythms of Tof Miriam” to Miriam, her story, and her legacy. The album was recorded at Onyx Studio in Israel and features some of Israel’s finest artists, including Yair Dalal (in the picture above).
The album also features a music video, for the title track, “Rhythms of Tof Miriam” which was recorded in Israel as well.
Please watch the video here