"If you're sad, and you feel no joy...And don't know why...if you're lost, floundering around in the fog and darkness, and you don't know the way to the light...
Then come back, my sweet soul, yell with all your might to Hashem; He'll send you an angel to show you the way, and He'll lead you to the light."
Translation of course loses so much, but the above words are the essence of Yisrael Dagan's beautiful song, B'Derech El Ha'or.
My three very special friends, the Kisufim Trio - Mordechai Yitzhar, Moshe, and Aviel - are from the beautiful settlement Tekoah in the southeastern hills of the Judean desert. Tekoah is outside the area that would remain "Israel" (according to the Torah, it will be forever Israel, and that's all that matters) in the opinion of the UN and the current US government.
Worried? No way. We know that Hashem and Moshiach will establish the borders. Meanwhile, rather than worrying and fretting, we keep on singing.
Wait and see who's standing (and singing) when the final bell rings...
Meanwhile, have a wonderful Succoth and G-d bless always.
Gmar Tov! We hope you had a meaningful Yom Kippur and an easy fast.
Baruch Hashem, we're now preparing for Succoth, which starts this coming Sunday night, October 16, 2016. Rebbe Nachman's yahrtzeit comes out on the 18th of Tishrei during Chol Hamoed. With this in mind, here is one of my favorite melodies from this past year, which I was humming the whole time I was by Rebbe Nachman's holy gravesite in Uman this past Rosh Hashana. It's called, "Rebbe, Rebbe".
A Breslever custom is to say a hitkashrut prayer before every mitvza, where we bind ourselves to all the true tzaddikim and particularly our own rebbe, Rebbe Nachman of Breslev, osb"m.
Yehudah Green turned the hitkashrut prayer into a beautifully stirring melody named "Rebbe, Rebbe." Here, our dear friend Chassidic singer Duddy Knopfler with the Meshorerim Choir sing a moving rendition, which I'm sure you'll enjoy as much as I do. Below are the lyrics in Yiddish transliteration, in Yiddish and in English translation. Enjoy and have a wonderful New Year!
Rebbe, rebbe, mir villen zich mikasher zein Tzu dir
Hinneni mikkasher nafshi, ruchi venishmasi lenishmas adoni mori urabi
Im shaar hatzadikim veha'avos hakdoshim ve'im shaar hatzidkanios vehaimahos hakedoshos
This coming Tuesday night and Wednesday is Yom Kippur.
A person can't make teshuva with a clogged heart. To help us all unclog our hearts, here are two of my favorite "Yitzchaks", Cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot and violinist Yitzchak Perlman with their rendition of Kol Nidre. Close your eyes and listen to the melody, and you'll feel the innermost spark of your neshama yearning to return to Hashem. Enjoy it!
Here's a big treat for all of our dear friends here at the Beams:
Our dear friend Yosef Zev Braver, who is not only an exceptional musician and composer but a certified life coach, has teamed up with arranger Yanki Cohen to produce this breathtaking clip that was filmed in the Judean Desert, entitled "Ki Lo Yidach" - Hashem will leave no one behind. This is an especially important message before Yom Kippur, to tell us all that here's no despair in the world for Hashem is our ever-most loving and forgiving Father in Heaven.
The lyrics are:
Ki lo yidach mimeno nidach - (Hebrew for "Hashem will leave no one behind").
Veil ven a Yid falt aveck, falt ehr arup Tzum Abishter's hant (Yiddish for "When a Jew falls away, he falls right into Hashem's hand").
Mimcha - fun Dir (Hebrew and Yiddish for "from You")
Ailecha - Tzu Dir (Hebrew and Yiddish for "to You")
Evrach (Hebrew for "I shall flee" - in other words, whenever I'm in trouble or whenever I fall, I shall flee to You, Hashem, for You promised that no one will be left behind).
The video was sponsored by our dear friend Yoeli Gottehrer of www.betterhealthstudios.com. I'm sure you'll enjoy it as much as I do.
Would you like to hear the voice of an angel? Here's Shulem Lemmer with the Shira Choir singing "Avinu Malkenu," a prayer we say twice daily during the ten days of repentance between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. This is an exquisite rendition that I'm delighted to share with you; enjoy it and have a lovely Shabbat Shuva!