Internationally, Avraham Abutboul wasn't quite the household word. But, he was a brilliant composer whose music oozes with emotion.
Fourteen short years ago, Avraham Abutboul was one of secular Israel's favorite actors and singers. But, the magnitude of his shining neshama needed a lot more nutrition than what the stage, the theater, and Tel Aviv's Bohemian coffee-house circuit could give him. In short, Avraham became a Baal Tshuva, a student at "Chut shel Chessed" - Rav Shalom Arush's yeshiva in Jerusalem, and a Breslever chassid.
"Chut shel Chessed" in recent years has become a spiritual magnet for actors and musicians. Shuli Rand, award-winning star of Ushpizin, is also a student of Rav Arush's. In Ushpizin, Avraham Abutboul made his cinema comeback as a Haredi, starring alongside Shuli.
Avraham wrote his own music, and applied the heavenly words of Rebbe Nachman of Breslev to his own divine strains. If you can imagine a Chassidic Leonard Cohen with the strumming ability of a Joan Baez, you can begin to understand where Avraham was coming from.
Avraham hated war and violence of any kind. Here, he is singing his "Milchama Arura", cursed war, that was a big hit in Israel, even in the secular world.
2 short months ago, Avraham was diagnosed with cancer; the nasty disease consumed him like a wildfire. He left the physical earth last week. We mourn him and miss him, and pray that Hashem comforts his widow and orphans.
We don't forget you, Avraham!