TYH Nation Presents:
It’s All From You
A TYH Nation/Farbrengable Studios Production / Mendy Portnoy
Off the heels of their first ever album “Mevakshei Hashem” released this past Elul, the #TYH crew (Thank You Hashem) is releasing an all NEW single titled Ain Od Milvado. After three years of singing Thank You Hashem and internalizing that everything is from Him, we are blessed with another Simcha. It’s in these moments that we look up to Hashem and sing a new tune “It’s all from you” Ain Od Milvado. Mazel Tov!
Artist: Betzalel Levin
Composed by The Blumstein Brothers
Music Produced and Arranged by Mendy Portnoy
Lyric Video by Rafi Barides
Design: Yakov Josephy
With Aseres Yemei Tshuva upon us, Project Tzitzis is letting the world know ALL about making Tzitzis accessible to anyone who is obligated to wear them, ANYWHERE in the world. If you are a Jewish male over Bar Mitzvah, WE have a pair for you.
You see, Tzitzis is one of the easiest mitzvos to do, and the schar/reward is massive. There are those who teach that the mitzvah of Tzitzis is equal to all of the 613 mitzvos. Think about it, half the time you don’t even remember that you are wearing them. You don’t need to concentrate on wearing Tzitzis, just put them on and go about your day.
Over the past two and a half years, Project Tzitzis has given out over 8,500 pairs on tzitzis!!! They have reached Jews in more than 25 countries working with multiple schools to further the amount of people wearing tzitzis. Project Tzitzis has been committed since day one to not just encourage those who are not currently wearing tzitzis, but to also bring a new excitement to a Mitzva that is often over looked.
This is a never ending goal and we need your help to ensure that we are able to continue our mission to inspire and teach others about this amazing Mitzvah. You can order a pair for yourself or a friend, or get in touch to organize a Project Tzitzis event for your school, camp, or community.
In order to spread the word about Project Tzitzis, the organization reached out to singer Uzi Bodner and composer/producer Yitzy Waldner
to create an original song, an anthem if you will, to let the world
know about the amazing work that Project Tzitzis does. So please turn up
the volume and if you already have a pair, organize a Project Tzitzis event for your school, camp, or community and spread the world.
Gmar Chasima Tova
Visit our website for more information on what we do.
Project Tzitzis Feat. Uzi Bodner
Composed & Produced by: Yitzy Waldner
Arranged by: Shua Sorscher
אין לנו מלך גואל ומושיע
As we approach Rosh Hashana, coming out of last year with all of its challenges and going into the new year, we should all realize that only Hashem can solve our problems and help us.
The secret to the continued existence of the Jewish Nation is Emes – The truth we live by daily.
ה’ האלוקים אמת – משה אמת ותורתו אמת.
In the finale, that truth which we have served and sacrificed so much for, will triumph, ushering in the Geula.
While visiting Yerusholayim last year, Rabbi Yaakov Singer had the privilege of having his grandson join him and his wife for the Shabbos night Seudah. During the meal while singing zemiros they experienced a tremendous hisorerious and deveikos enhanced by the holy air of Yerusholayim Ir Hakodesh. From this relaxed spiritual setting sprang forth the tune and words of Emes Emes. No doubt it was a real struggle trying to remember this special melody throughout Shabbos. Right after Havdallah Rabbi Singer’s grandson Yitzy Kushner pulled out his guitar and to the sound of his cords they sang and sang. Together they recorded that Motzei Shabbos this beautiful heartfelt melody of Emes Emes.
The next step as always was for Reb Yaakov to contact Hillel Kapnick to produce the track with him and make it readily available for the world to enjoy.
Rabbi Yaakov Singer is no stranger to Jewish music. As a young boy, he already participated in the first Pirchei Choir album. While growing up he was always involved in music and singing. Inspired by the cantorial greats of yesteryear and attending their cantorial services he soon began serving as an accomplished Baal Tefilla, singing at simchos, while also composing his own niggunim and Nusach Hatfilah compositions.
Child Soloist: Tzvi Stern
To listen to Rabbi Yaakov Singer‘s music or download them FREE please visit his Soundcloud page: https://soundcloud.com/yaakovsinger
Rabbi Yaakov’s songs are also available for digital download on: iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Google Play Music and Spotify.
To reach Rabbi Yaakov Singer for comments or questions please email: RabbiYaakovSinger@gmail.com]]>
“Life is measured not in moments of time but in timeless moments”
Here’s to the time.
Composed and performed by: Ezra Sopher
Produced by: DJ Yossi Newman
Music by: Jack Shore
Recorded at: YN Studios
Photography by: Meir Kruter
Cover design: Simi Shenker
Lyrical video & PR: Yossi Zweig – Intelligent Noise LLC
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Apple Music: https://apple.co/3t0EUoi
רוממות א-ל בגרונם (תהלים קמ”ט)
“Lofty praises of Hashem in their throats”. With these words, my beloved grandfather, Mr. Jonas Emanuel, inscribed a siddur he presented to me just before Rosh Hashana when I was 8 years old. I suppose he chose this particular phrase, knowing that I already had a tremendous love of singing and music. With these words were his hope and guidance that I would use my singing abilities for the reason all abilities are bestowed-to glorify the One Above. For many years I have had the great zechus to Daven for the Amud during the Yamim Noraim and I do pray that I have somewhat fulfilled that Bracha of my Opa, to have brought myself and others inspiration in their tefillos.
Last year, at this time, Yom HaDin, the entire world was united in
intense Tefilla for the coming year to bring an end to the hardships,
loneliness, anxiety, illness, and suffering that the previous months of
coronavirus had brought. The concept of mankind being mere “clay in the
hand of the Potter” had become a clear, stark reality understood by all!
Amidst these emotions, this melody was created. Let’s together,
strengthen ourselves in this realization that we are totally dependent
on our Creator and have nowhere to turn for Salvation but to Him.
Wishing all a Kesiva VeChasima Tova
Composed by: Saul Emanuel
Vocals: Saul Emanuel
Harmony: Joel Sacher, Shlomo Brill
Produced @ JB Recording Studios (South Africa)
Produced by: Jonathan Birin
Arranged by: Jonathan Birin, Jeff Horvitch & Phil Holder
Video by: JB Recording Studios
Video Edited by: Verny Scholtz
A short tefillah… that all masks are removed and Hashem reveals His glory for all the world…
PRODUCED,COMPOSED & PERFORMED BY: ZEVI KAUFMAN (CEDAR MEDIA STUDIOS)
MUSIC PERFORMED, ARRANGED, MIXED AND MASTERED BY: JACK SHORE
VOCALS RECORDED AT: CEDAR MEDIA STUDIOS
LYRIC VIDEO BY YEHUDA LEVI (ZUKIMEDIA)
ARTWORK BY S. KAUFMAN
וְאָנֹכִ֗י הַסְתֵּ֨ר אַסְתִּ֤יר פָּנַי֙
תִּכְלֶה שָׁנָה וְקִלְלוֹתֶיהָ תָּחֵל שָׁנָה וּבִרְכוֹתֶיהָ
TAKE OFF YOUR MASK
SO WE CAN SEE AT LAST
HOW WE YEARN
TO SEE YOUR FACE AGAIN
TAKE OFF YOUR MASK
IT’S ALL YOUR CHILDREN ASK
WHEN YOU’LL SMILE ON US AGAIN
Please do not play on Shabbat or Yom Tov.]]>
In order to truly understand Monsey, one simply has to go to the “Scheiner Shul” on 18 Forshay Rd, and experience the warmth and acceptance in this diverse hub of our community.
As a person who has lived in many Jewish communities around the world, we thought that we had seen it all. Cleveland, Brooklyn, Los Angeles, even Yerushalaim. These are all wonderful communities with vibrant Jewish life. But “Scheiners” (the official name is Ohr Chaim) in Monsey is special. The best way to describe it is, that it feels like the Uman experience year round.
Four large, air-conditioned tents sit on more than a half a block of real estate. Every 15 minutes a new minyan begins. One is immediately struck by the diversity of the Jewish representation that has come to daven together with sincerity and kavanah. On the premises is a convenience store, a second store for snacks that works on the “trust system” (There is no cashier. You simply take what you want and put the money in a box). A sofer to check and fix tefilin, a Shatnez lab, a beautiful mikveh, a coffee room, and a soup room which always has three or four different kinds of soup for the taking. It is all free. Even the cold bottled water is dispensed freely. Friday is chulent day and each week there are communal meals in the tents for people who have nowhere to eat for shabbos. Shiurim are constantly offered, and the multiple Batai Midrashim are filled with the sweet sound of Torah.
The Klatzko family is proud to live in Monsey! The kindness and passion of the Jewish people shine here in a very unique way! To learn more, please visit their website. https://www.18forshay.com/ And don’t forget to sign up for www.Shabbat.com, the world’s largest Jewish social network.
Composed by Rabbi Benzion Klatzko
Performed by Luzy Klatzko, Meyer Klatzko
Produced by Benzion Klatzko
Musical Arrangements by Yisroel Ament
Video by Dovid Newman
A Farbrengable Studios Production
Composed by: The Blumstein Brothers, Momo Bauman & Eli Levin
Featuring: Eli Levin
A Doni Gross production
Video by Eliana / Flash of Design
Walk out into the field, open your heart, and raise your hands to the heavens and sing “אין שום יאוש בעולם – There is no despair in the world! Never Give Up!’
The feel of this video is meant to help you meditate to the concept of Emunah, having full confidence in Hashem, that he is always there for you, and despair is never an option!
רבי נחמן מאומן אומר אין שום יאוש בעולם
לע״נ אברהם ביינוש בן יחיא יהודה הכהן ז”ל
Doniel is originally from Queens, NY and now learns in Kollel in Somerton, Philadelphia as well as teaching in Mesivta Yesodei Yisroel of Elkins Park. Doniel is fortunate to have the opportunity to perform his songs to audiences of all ages. He gives Shiurim daily to Yeshiva students and to the members of his community and all of his songs are based on what he has learned and specifically what he has connected to through his learning. Doniel has been composing and performing his original compositions for audiences from America to Israel, and looks forward to releasing more of his music for all to enjoy.
“Dovakti“, Doniel Daitchman‘s latest single, is a heart stirring tune to the words of Dovid Hamelech in Tehillim : 119. The song is in essence Dovid, and every other Yid, crying out to Hashem to keep them on the proper path and steadfast in the service of Hashem.
Composed and Sung by: Doniel Daitchman
Song Produced by: A.L. Aronzon
Video Produced by: Yonatan Vinnick/Vincline
Guitar: Doniel Daitchman
Bass: Ron Borisovsky
Piano: A.L. Aronzon Shlita
Download this song and others from this artist on all major music sites/apps!]]>
Together Forever As One
A few years ago, at a live Kumzitz in Yeshivas Darchai Torah of Far Rockaway, one of their Maggidei Shiur, and well-known composer, Rabbi Chaim Davis, approached me with this beautiful, meaningful song. Since then, I’ve performed this song many times over in various Yeshivas. I was taken aback each time anew, as I witnessed the unbreakable achdus that emerged between the bachurim every single time!
Recently, when I performed it at a kumzitz in Camp Ruach Chaim,
we filmed it to be able to share with the whole world! There is no
better time to release this song, than now in the times of L’kvesa
D’Meshicha, especially in the holy days of Elul, leading up to Rosh
Hashanah. In these auspicious days, we all gather together as one, to
Crown Our Dear Father in Heaven! May our achdus and love to each and
every yid bring the Geulah Shleima speedily, in our days!
Song Composed: R’ Chaim Davis
Keyboard: Chesky Schwartz
Flute: Shmaya Karpen
Percussion: Meir Loeffler
Recording Studio & Mix: Avrumy Lunger
Video: MUDEO Productions
Live Video: Ben-Hesh
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In his first studio album, titled ‘Geula‘, Eitan Gedalya has written niggunim to the holy words of Tanach, Tefillah, and Divrei Chazal. His goal is to convey the shared desire of Jews across the world; for Hashem to answer their prayers, for Mashiach, for the Geula, for the Beis HaMikdash, and for every single person in the world to declare Hashem as the One and Only God. The tracks are sequenced in the order in which we say them during davening, with the exception of the first and last tracks. The first track, Ani Ma’amin, draws from one of the 13 Principles of Faith taught by the Rambam, declaring our basic and fundamental belief that Mashiach will come. The final track, Kol Berama, describes how Rachel Imeinu shed tears for the Jewish people as they were led into galus, and how, through her strong plea to Hashem, she was promised that the Jewish people would receive our Geula and return to Zion. May Mashiach come speedily in our days!
Apple Music/iTunes: https://music.apple.com/us/artist/ethan-katz/1505876374
Newcomer A.T. (Avrohom Tzvi) Friedman is just eighteen years old, and he is NOT entering the Jewish music world. He is doing something rather unique and original by entering the much smaller arena of chazanus. Yes, you heard right.
The world of chazanus you see is usually full of seasoned veteran cantors who have been doing this a long time. However, it’s not very often that new young blood has entered the arena.
The young Friedman’s father is a beautiful baal tefila, and so are his brothers, though they were never formerly trained. A.T. is the first in his family to train.
Though he grew up listening to chazanus, at first he didn’t appreciate it. As he got older, he started to really love chazanus and today he actually LIVES chazanus. The world renowned Chazan Moshe Koussovitsky is one of his favorite cantors among other world renowned chazanim.
The piece of chazanus A.T. is releasing to the world is titled “Akavia Ben Mehalalel” with words from Pirkei Avos. The song is a classical piece of chazanus made famous by Chazan Moshe Koussovitsky. Friedman’s goal is to inspire more people, especially the younger generation to listen to chazanus and give it a chance, to connect to it on an emotional level deeper than the typical pop tunes out there.
Akavia is a perfect message to send out to the world during Elul, days before Rosh Hashanah.
The song is produced by the world renowned Yochi Briskman, who after meeting with the young chazan was impressed with his big yet mature sounding voice, together going through well-known cantorial pieces, until choosing the right piece. Under the tutelage of Briskman, A.T. was able to deliver the perfect vocal performance to accompany the beautiful arrangement by Dr. Mordechai Sobol A”H that will capture the hearts of those who hear it.
So it is with the hope that all of us truly experience a great new year and the coming of Moshiach that we present A.T. Friedman in his debut single and video Akavia.
Produced by: Yochi Briskman
Composed by: Isreal Alter & Moshe Koussevitsky
Music arranged by: Dr. Mordechai Sobol
Mixed & mastered by: Zohar Zaltz
Orchestral production: Ofir Sobol
Vocals recorded at: Studio X
Video filmed by: Motty Engel
Video edited by: Platinum Edit
Filmed at: Young Israel Beth El of Boro Park, Brooklyn
And The Lincoln Square Synagogue, NYC
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Nachpisa is a song we can all relate to and sing this time of year. It speaks of our intention to recommit to our relationship with Hashem, while at the same time brimming with the joy and confidence we have, knowing how much our Father longs for us. It was composed a number of years ago during this time by Elisha Freedman, the composer of other beautiful songs such as Shivisi, sung by Yaakov Shwekey, and Ein Mayim Ela Torah, produced by the Yeshiva of Waterbury in 2005.
Over the years it has been sung by many of those familiar with it during these special days, and now it is being released to a wider public.
“Nachpisa has long been one of my favorite songs,” says Elisha. “I recall that I composed it one summer before Elul as a bachur in Camp Morris. To me, the phrase ‘Nachpisa Derachainu’ is a clarion call to Teshuva, the rallying cry of a people embarking on an enthusiastic return to the embrace of a long-forgotten King; fully confident that His arms are open wide, waiting there for them the whole time.
“I heard the story of a mother who would wave off her school age son from her porch. Each afternoon, before the bus was scheduled to turn back on to the block, she would be waiting in the same spot on the porch. When the little boy was asked what his mother does all day, he replied, “Why, she stands and waits for me on the porch.” Wherever we have been all year, come Elul, our Father is still there in the same place, never having lost hope and waiting patiently for our return.
“The Hebrew letter hei is representative of our world. The bottom is
wide open, and it is too easy to fall. But near the top is a slight
opening, always open to the prospect of our return home where we are
welcomed with open arms, elevating us higher than we ever were before.”
Composed and Arranged: Elisha Freedman
Drums: Avi Avidani
Guitars and Bass: Elior Edri
Flute: Miguel Vargos
Mix and Master: Yitzy Berry
Technical Assistance: Hillel Kapnick
PR: Yossi Zweig
Shaul Aryeh Sonnenschein
Elozar Dorfman, a well known and sought after Baal Tefillah is out with a 3rd Yomim Noraim Nusach added to the one of a kind series.
This time he takes us on the moving “journey” of Unesaneh Tokef. One of the highlights of the davening.
He acquired most of his nusach from Harav Simcha Schustal Ztz”l and his son Harav Tovia Shlit”a, while learning in the Stamford Yeshiva well over a decade ago.
Available for streaming on…
Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/album/0CA6pEz3SvoRui5KvUi3gr
Apple Music – https://music.apple.com/us/album/unesaneh-tokef-single/1581138932
Take a listen to the previous Nusach pieces here…
1) Heyei Im Pifios https://youtu.be/TkMLEc5VY0M
2) Hineni https://youtu.be/fOTf52Mcumg
For questions, comments and bookings for Yomim Noraim and Shabbosim throughout the year please call/text 7325394830 or email firstname.lastname@example.org]]>
The Heavenly Musical Scales
With great Siyato Dishmayo, I am happy to announce that Yossi Tyberg and I are hard at work and B”H making progress in the creation of our next musical project, which we will hopefully name “The 10th Note.”
And just to refresh some of the memories of our first album in this series which was named The 8th Note, we are releasing a new and novel Lyric Video clip of the title song of that album. Here are a some thoughts and a short description of what was the inspiration behind the song.
The 8th Note
Chazal describe the musical instrument called the כינור “kinor” as a handheld, harp-like instrument used in the Bais Hamikdosh by the לויים Leviim to accompany their שירה Shira service and consisting of seven strings of different lengths. We believe that these seven strings were tuned to the identical seven steps of the musical scale which exists today. These seven strings and notes are then repeated again and again, proceeding from left-to-right, beginning at the lowest limits of human hearing and rising in pitch, ever higher until they reach the limits of what can be heard by the human ear, comfortably. The piano is a good visual example of this phenomenon, as it proceeds from the extreme left and almost indistinguishable lowest pitched notes, all the way to the upper right and once again, almost indistinct highest pitched notes. These seven notes comprise all of the music ever written in every single composition from the beginning of music up until the advent of Moshiach.
Chazal further tell us that when Mashiach arrives במהרה בימינו, this
instrument will appear with an additional string, bringing the total
number of strings from seven (7) to eight (8). This new Eighth note is
alluded to in Sefer Tehillim where Dovid Hamelech writes about the
שמינית – an Eight-Stringed Instrument.
Taking into account the limits of our understanding, this means that the Musical Scale now comprising seven steps will then contain an eighth step, or as we call it, The 8th Note. It is impossible to imagine today what this Heavenly Upgrade will do to the enhancement of our Musical Experience! This Eighth string will be tuned to a transcendental note, producing a sound nonexistent at this time.
Many attempts have been made in our times to try and access this “Eighth” note or sound, but all to no avail. As the eighth note of our scale at this time is not a new sound, but in fact, a repeat of the first note in a higher, or what is known as the next, octave… A..B..C..D..E..F..G…..A. What is incredibly interesting is that, Classical Composers of the past century have never ceased in their attempts to “break out” of this seven-note scale and somehow try and access something “beyond” what had been available heretofore. And though they may have succeeded in creating some music that sounds somewhat quite different than the classical music that came before them, they still could not add a single new note to the existing seven-note scale. It is almost as if there is an expectation in the Music World of a long-awaited, coming-soon, major musical “break out” on the horizon.
The lyrics in the title song of the album are based on a theory that this “Eighth Note” is not in fact a new additional step on the musical scale, but instead, a kind of all-encompassing, “source” note that consists of and gives rise to, the current seven notes blended together in perfect harmonic proportion. The example cited in the song is the pure white light that is diffused by a prism into the colors of the rainbow. Somehow all those colors are present in the White Light before they diffuse and yet when blended together in the proper proportions will produce a purity of white light. Similarly, the sounding of this Eighth Note will result in an exquisite sound representing all of music united into One Note.
A perfect unity of all people represented by a perfect unity of all
song and music, soaring in praise of the One Above together with משיח
May this day come soon in our time.
במהרה בימינו אמן
Composed by: Yossi Green
Original Hebrew Lyrics by: Oren Ne’ema
Guest Appearance: A.K.A Pella
Arranged by: Momy Levy
Off The Album: The 8th Note
Lyrical Video by: Yossi Zweig – Intelligent Noise LLC
Presented here is an incredible music video shot live on location in New York. Standing tall, like the buildings behind him, Nissim sings a moving cover of “You Raise Me Up”, produced by Yochi Briskman.
The audio was mixed by Chaim Gotesman, and the video is by SDS Production with editing by Platinum Edit. The audio is available on all streaming platforms. Nissim has been singing at family events and weddings for years. His singing style ranges from chazzanut and opera to chasidic and pop ballads. When you bring Nissim to your simcha or event, you can be assured that the crowd will be entertained and uplifted.
You can connect with Nissim by following him on his social media at: https://www.instagram.com/nissim_saal/]]>
The question was asked and now, it has been answered: Raphael Melloul, one of the most promising singers today, releases a new single, with a happy, rhythmic and lively vibe – “Ma Hasipur?“
The answer to the question is in the lyrics of the song. Our story in the days following recent tragedies, where we find ourselves at the moment, is quite simple, and that’s the whole story. Faith, Emunah, joy and the removal of our daily worries are the key. Raphael Melloul offers us all the official refreshment of the summer of 5771 – a rhythmic, happy and graceful song “Ma Hasipur?” It’s impossible not to get caught up in the melody and hum it over and over again. Melloul has a very positive energy.
“What’s the story/Ma Hasipur”? It’s exactly what we needed at this time. The song was born through the lyrics of the international lyricist/composer Miriam Israeli, coupled with the melody of Eli Klein, and musically produced and arranged by the talented duo of Eli Klein & Yitzy Berry. The exciting video was directed by the mega talented music and video producer Sruli Broncher.
“Ma Hasipur?” comes after the success of Raphael’s previous original single “Achakeh Lo” and “Aneinu“. Aneinu is an impressive cover version that paid tribute to the original song by Sruli Ginsberg. It was released by Raphael during last year. Melloul is currently working in the US, along with his manager Shmuel Peer on an intriguing debut album that will excite us all.
Composed By: Eli Klein
Lyrics: Miriam Israeli
Arrangement, Musical Production: Eli Klein & Yitzy Berry
Graphic Design: Gandel Media
PR: Yossi Zweig
Digital: Nati Badash
Script, Video Production, Directing & Editing: Sruli Broncher
Photography: Itzhak kelman
Lightman: Zusha Kaplan
Actual Production: Shmuel Peer
Actor’s: Aviel Uda, Shlomo Meir]]>
With Vhaarev Na releasing not one, but three different music videos, each featuring a unique song and video highlighting the power of Chazara, most of the world has heard of this inspiring organization. To have bochurim around the globe learning, and not just learning but chazering (reviewing) again and again until they really know the Gemara, is a truly important mission in developing a genuine Ahavas Hatorah.
Vhaarev Na is proud to introduce you to their NEW program called “Bonai Chavivai,” which focuses on 12 year old boys learning a Masechta in honor of their Bar Mitzvah. Not just to learn the Masechta, but to chazer (review) it again and again until they literally OWN it and make it theirs.
With any Vhaarev Na announcement/release, they are introducing the public to the new program by way of a song and music video to the words Kulanu composed by R’ Shlomo Yehuda Rechnitz and R’ Baruch Levine.
Bonai Chavivai is currently available in Monsey, Lakewood, Brooklyn, Passaic, Far Rockaway, Baltimore, and Los Angeles.
To bring this program to your community and/or for sponsorships please visit https://vhaarevna.com
or email Rabbi Dovid Newman at Vhaarevna@gmail.com
Composed by: Shlomo Yehuda Rechnitz & Baruch Levine
Performed by: Baruch Levine, Eitan Katz & Nachi Kaufman
Produced by: Doni Gross
Video produced by: Moshe Bree
Filmed by: Motty Berkowitz, Moshe Bree, Shmuel Gilbert, Mordy Gilden, Shmuel Heinemann, Jake Kamensky
Vhaarev Na is currently instituted in 53 Yeshivos, impacting many thousands of bochurim. For more information please visit www.Vhaarevna.com or email Rabbi Dovid Newman at Vhaarevna@gmail.com]]>
Orthodox. Frum. Torah-dik. Yearning for closeness to Hashem. These are ideals to aspire to, correct? Unfortunately, not according to too many who have left Torah Judaism, turning their backs on our communities, using their pens and creativity to paint an ugly, clownish picture of Klal Yisroel.
But it was not always so. Many years ago, keeping shabbos was nearly impossible. Employment meant a 6 day work week and those that chose to keep shabbos found themselves looking for a new job every Monday. Many people couldn’t withstand this difficult challenge and desecrated Shabbos to feed their families. But there were many that did. Those special people not only sacrificed to keep Torah and Judaism alive within their family, but lived long enough to see their children, grandchildren and even great-grandchildren remain devoted and inspired to live true Torah lives.
How is it that being a Shomer Shabbos Jew, a title preserved with such sacrifice and dedication, has so callously been tossed aside for a secular existence devoid of kedusha and the closeness to Hashem and family that it engendered?
Enter the Klatzko family. Rabbi Klatzko, his wife Shani, and their eleven children have been involved in Jewish outreach and chesed for the past 30 years. Shabbos in particular has been their specialty, from hosting 60-70 people each week, to creating a global network for people to find hosting for Shabbos (and shidduchim) called Shabbat.com. Each week, this musical family live-streams their Havdalah to thousands of people around the world, from hospitals to prisons, reminding everyone about the beauty of Shabbos.
The Klatzko family now presents their latest offering, a re-enactment of a true story that took place circa 1910, when keeping Shabbos meant being dismissed from one’s job on a weekly basis.
Rabbi Klatzko, who composed and performed the background track with his son, Luzy, chose to use the words of Rabbi Nachman MiBreslev “Kol Holam Kulo Geshser Tzar Meod, Ve’Haikar Lo Lefached Klal” to bring home this point. The whole world is a narrow bridge. It can be frightening and depressing and often disappointing. There is temptation mixed with danger, an accurate metaphor for life in the twenty-first century. But that same bridge gets us from one side to the other. It is the chain that links one generation to the next. It is Torah and Shabbos. This is what we mean when we say “Orthodox.”
The main thing is not to fear at all. Stay strong in your emuna. Keep the Torah, raise the banner as a proud Frum Yid, and you will reap the reward of a beautiful Jewish family in this world and eternal life in the next!
Composed and Performed by Rabbi Benzion Klatzko
Child soloist – Luzy Klatzko Arranged by Yisroel Ament
A Fondu Production
– Written, Directed and Produced by Itai Joseph
– Director of Photography – Nicholas Pietroniro
– Production Designer – Cyrus Howlett
– Gaffers – Anthony Berenato Jr. and Nicholas Kral
– Editor – Kenneth Dwyer
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– Rabbi Benzion Klatzko
– Rebbetzin Shani Klatzko
– Luzy Klatzko
– Meyer Klatzko
– Gavriel Klatzko
– Zahava Klatzko
– Yonason Ephraim Freedman
– Yossi Silberstein
– David Poloner
– Itai Joseph
– Gary Ostrovsky
– Richard Goldstein
– Yoni Goldstein
– Jess Weiner
– Rabbi Yehoshua Lewis
– Rabbi Shlomo Cohen
– Yaakov Ganon
– Itai Joseph
Let’s feel protected by Hashem’s mighty love. In the hardest of times, Hashem’s angels surround and protect us. There is no need to fear!
Performed by Rabbi Benzion Klatzko
Backing vocals – Hillel Kapnik
Produced by Hillel Kapnik and Yisroel Ament
Composed by Marc Levine
Hashem’s ways are a mystery. No explanation can heal our broken hearts. The holiday of Lag B’Omer will now also be remembered for the unspeakable tragedy that befell our holy people in Meron. The Tragedy in Surfside Florida is on-going and beyond description. The bleachers in Stolin gave way with nearly 200 people injured and three more who passed away. Covid 19 has killed so many including our leaders and gedolim. So many lives lost, so many young people with great potential, so many fathers with children. The heart does not want to accept.
I composed this song from a place of emuna, understanding that we don’t understand and we probably never will. Our sadness needs healing and a niggun to share with each other, as we strive to find inner peace.
I thank my dear friend and talmid Pinny Schachter for lending his generational voice to this song, as well as my own son, Luzy, who added a child’s innocence and sweetness to the message.
And as always, a heartfelt thanks to my dear friend and talmid Yisrael Ament, for lending his prodigious musical talent to make this song’s message hit home.
I know that the images and footage are difficult to watch. These are losses, tragedies and tests from this past year. While I could have avoided such graphic images and released the song in a more tame fashion, I chose not to. I was inspired to create this video when one of my students and friends mentioned to me that “he doesn’t feel connected to these tragedies.” I realized that without these images, without understanding the enormity of the disaster, without seeing the faces of these happy vibrant yidden who are just like our own father, grandfather, brother or son, it is easy to distance one’s self, especially if one lives far away.
May Hashem wipe away our tears and quickly bring the geulah!
Composed and Produced By: Rabbi Benzion Klatzko
Performed by Pinny Schachter
Child Soloist – Luzy Klatzko
Backing vocals – Yisrael Ament
As children, one of the first choirs that the Shapiro brothers (Acheinu) began their singing “careers” in was the Amudai Shaish Boys choir, led by Shmuel Borger A”H.
With R’ Shmuel’s recent petira and his shloshim just before the 3 weeks, the Shapiro Brothers felt it would be a fitting time to release an acapella medley of a few of their favorite Amudai Shaish songs. The medley even includes the voice of a very young Yisroel Meir Shapiro from yesteryear singing a duet with himself, today. For those who love nostalgia and know these timeless classics, enjoy them anew in this new vocal medley.
Produced by: Yochi Briskman
Arranged by: Yochi Briskman & Yochanan Shapiro
Performed by: The Shapiro Brothers (Acheinu) Yisroel Meir Shapiro, Yossie Shapiro , Yochanan Shapiro, Ushi Shapiro, Aaron Shapiro
Child soloist: Yisroel Meir Shapiro
Recorded at: Studio X, Brooklyn, NY
Engineered by: Shaya Shapiro
Mixed & mastered by: Yaniv Balas
Al Eileh composed by: Yossi Green
Habotchim composed by: Avi Sherman
Racheim composed by: Nachman Klein & Shmuel Borger
I have the best memories of recording in the studio with my best friends, Eli Schwebel and Ari Cukier. Together, we are Lev Tahor.
We released five albums, and have tremendous nachas from them.
Today, I have a family of my own, and music is always felt in our home. My oldest son Shmuel plays guitar, and I play piano.
Every motzei shabbos, right after havdalah, we go straight to the living room/ music room, and jam together.
Father and son. We have amazing heartfelt memories of those nights.
Last year in the middle of Corona, Shmuel was brushing up on his guitar skills, and has significantly improved.
I said, “hey, let’s write a song together!”
I’ve written many songs on the Lev Tahor albums, but I’ve never written with my son before.
We wanted to write about how we’re feeling the dark galus more than ever before.
If all Jews come together as brothers and friends, then that will rebuild the Beis Hamikdash.
And so, Sheybaneh was born.
This message spoke to us in a very deep way. Achdus is the answer that will bring Mashiach.
So we wrote Sheybonesh last year, and now recently recorded it by Aryeh Kunstler‘s studio.
Shmuel played guitar, and I played piano. Just like we do at home.
Come to think of it, I don’t recall many albums or songs that has a father and son singing, playing instruments, and compsong together.
For us, it’s all about father and son, and music.
We hope and daven, that the lyrics of “Sheybaneh Beis Hamikdash Bimhaira Biyameinu” should come true, speedily in our days, Amen.
Gadi & Shmuel Fuchs
Composed & Performed by: Gadi & His Son Shmuel
Produced & Arranged by: Aryeh Kunstler
It is easy to take for granted the breathtaking beauty that is Israel today. This was not always the case.
Mark Twain, one of America’s most authors, wrote a book about his travels to Palestine in 1867. The pages of his book are filled with disparaging remarks about the ugliness of the land, how barren the hills and valleys were, as if the very land were cursed by the Creator.
Rav Kook relates a beautiful parable. There was a princess known far and wide for her beauty and charm. Kings and princesses from all across the land came to ask for her hand in marriage. One day, a particularly arrogant Prince decided that she was rightfully his. He confidently came to the palace assuming that she would immediately say yes to his good looks and charisma. When the princess heard that this haughty prince was coming to meet her, she decided to make herself appear as unattractive as possible. She messed up her hair and put on her make up in an ugly and haphazard way . When the prince came and saw how unattractive she looked, she immediately turned around and ran away.
A short while later, another prince came to meet her. This young man was known to be kind and thoughtful, a real gentleman with exemplary character. This time, the princess beautified herself in a very attractive way. He ended up asking for her hand in marriage and she agreed.
Rav Kook explains that Eretz Yisrael is like that princess. When pagan nations come to conquer her, all they see is an ugly and fruitless landscape. The country seems so uninviting, and the conquering nation wonders what happened to all of that legendary beauty that they had heard about. Of course Israel is waiting for the Jewish people, her beloved nation, to come back. Now that we have returned, the land is once again the eyes and the heart of the world, with vineyards and orchards, olive trees and orange groves. Let the nations of the world behold that the Jewish people belong in Israel, and Israel belongs to the Jewish people.
I used the words from Yirmiyahu, where Hashem speaks about his love for the Jewish people, how we followed him trustingly into the desert when we left Egypt.
Using these same words, I wanted to stress that the Jewish people came back to Israel the same way, trusting that God will take this holy yet deserted land, and once again allow it to bloom and blossom for the Jewish people.
Performed by Gavriel Klatzko
Background singers Benzion Klatzko and Luzy Klatzko
Composed by Rabbi Benzion Klatzko
Arranged by Yisroel Ament
Video produced by Benzion Klatzko
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In times of challenge, we reach for a rope, a rope that stretches beyond time and space, all the way to the very beginning. Its a rope our parents gave us, cords of faith bound tightly together, and when we touch it, the light and clarity of our parents fills our souls. The mussar avicha,the toras imecha, the echo of their words. Where does that faith come from?
Only the Torah, it’s precious words illuminating our lives, our hearts, our futures: it is good, He is good, and all is good. Vatem hadvaykim bashem elokaychem. Chayim kulchem hayom.
Composed and Sung: Mendy Worch
Drums: Barak Ben Tzur
Keyboard and Programming: Ruli Ezrachi
Guitars: Nachman Dreyer
Brass: New York Brass – Dani Flam
Cover design and lyrical video by: Yossi Zweig – Intelligent Noise LLC
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