212 posts categorized "Music"

Mi Adir, Shloimie Daskal

This post is in honor of Sara Techiya Litman, whose father and brother were killed in a terrorist attack last week, and her fiancé  Ariel Beigel, who are getting married tonight at Binyanei Hauma in Jerusalem. The Beams, Emuna Outreach and Breslev Israel wish them every blessing in the world!

With all the turmoil around us, let's not forget that there's much to rejoice in, such as our young people getting married. In Jewish tradition, as the bridegroom enters the wedding canopy or chuppa, we sing a moving melody entitled, Mi Adir, or "He who is mighty". Here is my special friend Shloimie Daskal singing Mi Adir with the inspiring "You Raise Me Up" melody by Josh Groban. Enjoy, and sing along. For your convenience, you'll find the lyrics in transliteration and translation below the vid:


Mi adir al hakol,
mi baruch al hakol,
mi gadol al hakol,
mi dagul al hakol,
hu yivarech es hechasan
hu yivarech es hakallah
hu yivarech es hechasan v'es hakallah


He who is mighty above all beings,
He who is blessed above all beings,
He who is great above all beings,
He who is distingui​shed above all beings,
May he bless the bridegroo​m
May he bless the bride
May he bless the bridegroo​m and the bride.

That's the Way God Planned It

Our job as "light unto the nations" is to get the whole world to thank Hashem and praise His name; this hastens Tikkun Olam, the correction of the world, when all men and all nations will live in harmony. That's what the Prophet alluded to (see Isaiah 11:6) when he said that the wolf shall dwell with the sheep and the cow and the bear shall graze together. 

With that in mind, here's a treat: Billy Preston singing his classic "That's the Way God Planned It" - soon, all the nations of the world will hopefully be singing Hashem's praise in their own beautiful way. The lyrics appear below the film clip.

Why can't we be humble
Like the good Lord say
He promised to exault us
But no-one is away
How men be so greedy
When there's so much left?
All things are God given
And they all have been blessed
That's the way God planned it
That's the way God wants it to be, be
That's the way God planned it
That's the way God wants it to be, be
Let not your heart be troubled
Let mourning sobbing cease
Learn to help one another
And live in perfect peace
If we'd just be humbler
Like the good Lord say
He promised to exault us
But love is the way
That's the way God planned it
That's the way God wants it to be, be
You better believe me
That's the way God planned it
That's the way God wants it to be, be
I hope you get this message
Where you won't others will
You don't understand me
But I'll love you still
That's the way God planned it
That's the way God wants it to be, be.

We miss you, Billy.

Have a great Shabbat and weekend!

A Bright Beams Blessing to my spiritual brother and cherished friend Menachem Herman for his contribution to today's post.

The joy of holiness, and the holiness of joy

Smchaim_dovid Chaim Dovid Saracik, famous for his niggun "Yamamai", in musical personal prayer in the hills of Jerusalem

Rebbe Nachman of Breslev teaches that music originates from the upper portals of Heaven. He also teaches that one can't attain true joy in life without holiness. Joy is holiness and holiness is joy. In that music has such a lofty source, it has the power of elevating a person to phenominal spiritual heights, especially music played by a joyful and upright musician. Music, joy, and holiness together create an upward spiritual spiral that is capable of uplifting a person from depression and despair, especially when reinforced with extensive personal prayer.

I often incorporate music into my personal prayers. That's where my albums Calming Waters and Whispering Soul came from. Oftentimes, when I'm at a loss for words, I sing to Hashem, play my flute or hum a niggun, a melody. My favorite melodies come from fellow Breslevers such as Yisrael Dagan and Yosef Karduner. Still, one of the melodies in the Brody Hitbodedut Top Ten is undoubtedly my dear friend Chaim Dovid's niggun, know popularly as "Yam-a-mai". Chaim Dovid's phenominal humility results from his holiness and joy, both of which are so very apparent in "Yam-a-mai", as you can see right here below. Enjoy, and have a wonderful Shabbat!

Rebbe Levi Yitzchok of Berditchev

Rebbe Levi Yitzchok of Berditchev

Above image - the holy gravesite of Rebbe Levi Yitzchok in Berditchev, Ukraine

Today, the 25th of Tishrei, is the 206th yahrtzeit of the holy Rebbe Levi Yitzchok of Berditchev (1740-1809), may his sacred soul intercede in our behalf, amen. When Rebbe Levi Yitzchok died, Rebbe Nachman of Breslev said that the world became a darker place. Rebbe Levi Yitzchok is especially known as the senegor of Israel, the defending attorney of the Jewish People in the Heavenly Court, for he only saw the good in people.

Light a candle in memory of Rebbe Levi Yitzchok ben Sara Sasha. may his holy memory invoke blessings for all of us, amen.

Rebbe Levi Yitzchok's hauntingly beautiful niggun (melody) is one of my favorites. Here is Yehuda Green singing it for us. Enjoy this bit of inspiration, and may you be blessed with a healthy winter and a wonderful new week.