After retiring from their longtime shared primary care practice in Madisonville, TN, Dr. Gettinger and his wife Dr. Barbara Levin now split their time between East Tennessee and the mountains of Western North Carolina, where Josh serves on the faculty of University of North Carolina Medical School’s Asheville campus, and Barb works as a public health consultant. As they have for decades, Josh and Barb belong to Heska Amuna Synagogue in Knoxville, Tennessee, where he frequently reads Torah.
Joshua Gettinger describes himself:
“I am not a clergyman or a professional Judaic scholar. I have spent the last thirty years of my life enjoying the considerable satisfaction of practicing smalltown family medicine. I have delivered babies, helped people with illnesses and personal crises, and assisted patients and families at the time of death. I am fortunate to have a life partnership with an extraordinary woman who is full of energy and plans. Together we have raised four children in rural East Tennessee.
“As my son wrote me in an e-mail: “Remember the message that always gets to people is ‘the Torah is song’ … try and keep that message simple.” My goal for this book is to share some of my own joy in the process of engaging with “Torah as Song.” Within these pages, I hope to offer a straightforward view of how chant works, and explore examples of meaning uncovered by chant. My primary focus is to describe how music enriches the experience of listening to Torah, and allows layers of interpretation to emerge from the text.