Just as a commander sends only his best commandos for a mission deep behind enemy lines, Hashem sends only His strongest and bravest neshoma'lach (souls) to faraway places like Winnipeg, because He knows that they have the capability of doing what they have to do and finding their way back to home base - Hashem and His Torah.
One of these very special souls is Menachem Herman; Winnipeg's former AAA pro-aspiring goalie is not only one of my favorite people, but he's one of The Jewish world's finest musicians and best guitarists, with a list of achievements as long as your arm. He's a combination of outer fireball and inner peace, and a good example of how Rebbe Nachman of Breslev helps his followers to develop their potential to the hilt.
Menachem Herman - outer fireball and inner peace
Menachem's career story reads like a Who's Who of Jewish/Chassidic music. He has played with the Diaspora Yeshiva Band, Mordechai Ben David, Avraham Fried, Chaim Dovid, Michoel Streicher, Musa Berlin, Ohad Moskowitz and Reva L'Sheva, just to name a few. Today, he not only heads the super-popular Menachem Herman Orchestra, but arranges and produces music too. If you've ever heard the really inspiring and lebbe-digg (lively) Toldos Aaron CDs, then you're hearing Menachem Herman arrangements.
If Moshiach needs help in reviving the dead, he can probably give Menachem a call. Menachem's guitar can laugh or cry; when he plays a Rebbe Nachman niggun, the bridge of his guitar almost glows. Listen to this taste of Oz Vihadar , and you'll see what I'm talking about. For a taste of original Menachem Herman music from the Top Ten charts, try Taamu (which means, "come taste!).
Menachem attributes his success to two unique people - his rebbe, Rebbe Nachman of Breslev of blessed and saintly memory, and his very talented wife Sarrah, may Hashem grant her long and happy years together with Menachem, in addition to the 25 they've already had together, where hand-in-hand they made the odyssey from Winnipeg to Bet Shemesh and Eretz Yisroel. Today, Sarrah manages the MH Orchestra, enabling Menachem to concentrate on his music and his service of Hashem.
You can contact the Menachem Herman Orchestra by sending an email to mhmusic (at)netvision.net.il . To read more about Menachem and to hear more of his music, see his exciting website right here. If you're planning a concert, a wedding, or any other big simcha that you want to be a smashing success, and if you want to combine kedusha with your music, then Menachem's the man to call.
I can't believe that there's anywhere else in the world where you can find someone so talented and so popular, yet so humble and such a nice person. Menachem is the type of individual that brings prestige to his G-d, his rebbe, and to his people. I hope that we'll all be able to hear him sing and play at the rebuilt Temple in Jerusalem, speedily and in our days, amen.