Thursday, November 28, 2013

Hannukah Concert • Center Makor

The Russian Jewish Center of Massachusetts. Be sure to note the segue at 1:59. Happy Chanukah!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

BD"E Arik Einstein

Legendary Israeli singer Arik Einstein passed away on Tuesday at the Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv.

TTT :: Mizmor Shir • Sheves Achim

This was tagged for TTT when I found it yesterday; now I am less terrified of it. I mean, besides the cartoon vibrato at 2:55. What say you?

Mizmor Shir by Sheves Achim on Grooveshark

Monday, November 25, 2013

Monday Matchup :: Vizakeini • Baruch Levine/Avraham Fried

This one made it famous.

This one made it pleasant.

Vezakeini by Avraham Fried on Grooveshark

In my opinion. :)

Friday, November 22, 2013

Thursday, November 21, 2013

We Need You • Miami Boys Choir

On this, the last day of the Chassidic calendar, Chassidim study the last portion of the last section of Sefer HaTanya, in which the Alter Rebbe pleads with us to value the davening connection. He used these words:

הוכח תוכיח את עמיתך, אפילו מאה פעמים
[It is written,] “You shall surely reprove your comrade” — “even one hundred times,”add our Sages, taking up the hint offered by the repetitive form of the Hebrew verb.
ולזאת לא אוכל להתאפק ולהחריש מלזעוק עוד, בקול ענות חלושה
Therefore, writes the Alter Rebbe, I cannot contain myself and cannot refrain from crying out yet again, in a voice betraying [pained] weakness.
במטותא מינייכו ברחמין נפישין
I plead with you out of deep compassion,
חוסו נא על נפשותיכם, והשמרו והזהרו מאד מאד על התורה ועל העבודה שבלב, זו תפלה בכוונה
have pity on your souls. Take care, be extremely vigilant, concerning the study of Torah and the service of the heart, which is prayer4 with proper intent.
להתחיל כולם יחד כאחד, מלה במלה, ולא זה בכה וזה בכה, וזה דומם וזה משיח שיחה בטלה, ה׳ ישמרנו
All should begin [the prayers] in unison, as one, word by word, not one person here and another elsewhere, one mute and the other idly chatting, may G‑d protect us.
In very different words:

We Need You by Miami Boys Choir on Grooveshark

We need you and your tefilla. Each and every Yid can bring the Geula.

גוט יום טוב!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Chesed v'Emes • Dedi

From today's Tehillim. The delightful slow singing of Dedi continues...

Marked "Dedi and Aviel Graucher sing", this photo appears to be the him and the son.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

TTT :: Thank You • Chai 5

It's Tuesday. Talk about this Tune.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The Mitteler Rebbe's Kapelye • Totally Chassidic / Yaron Gershovsky

Not sure why the Frierdiker Rebbe's photo is featured in this video. Today is the Day of Redemption of the second Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Dovber, known after his passing as The Mitteler (Middle) Rebbe.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

TTT* :: Horeini • BT Rock (Reva L'Sheva)

I am prepared for the fallout of my TTTing someone's idol this morning. Track culled from BT Rock, a collection of "songs from the spiritual journey" by Sam Glaser.

*Now an acronym for Tunes we'll Talk about this Tuesday.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Monday Matchup ::
Yaakov Meets Eisav • Yonatan Razel/Nichoach

We've done this before, but it's still so good!

We've never done this before. It's so good.

UPDATE: A number of people mentioned that they were concerned with the title of this post. In my haste to post and run, I did not delve into the possible meaning. It is, unfortunately, quite humorous. The matchup was certainly not supposed to be Yaakov meeting Eisav.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

A Gut Yohr • Piamentas (1991)

Morrocco meets Mezhibuzh. As the cover says, "A Piamenta Production". Lchaim! Tantz, tantz, tantz!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Yamit • Safam

AnonyMrs. and I recently read The Prime Ministers by Yehuda Avner, wherein this sad story is recapped.

From Wikipedia: The eviction of Israeli civilians and military from Yamit and the Sinai peninsula is considered as a precedent for Israel's policy of land for peace, exemplified in the Oslo Accords, the Gaza Disengagement, and the now-shelved Realignment plan.

Yamit by Safam on Grooveshark

When all is said and done we pray to know that peace will come one day and we'll remember.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Yomam Valayla • Lipa

Speaking of elections...

A Tuesday Tune to Talk about. I'm mostly tickled by the "Haine-haine hach" at :40. Sounds like Hiney-ho. Teehee.

Yomam Valaila by Lipa Schmeltzer on Grooveshark

Monday, November 4, 2013