Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Another New Song Just Released to Youtube



I'm dedicating this song to my best friend. I haven't seen him in over 4 years and miss him very much. Separated by an ocean, as well as other obstacles, we've remained in touch. I talk to him almost on a daily basis.

We met at a chess tournament in Ramat Aviv. I was living at the Milman dorms on Tagor. We became inseparable, sharing our life stories with one another and trying to make it in Israel's harsh reality. My personal life crumbling as was his. We supported one another through everything.

It's been difficult being away from my friend as well as from my homeland for so long. I want to make it back. There are a lot of obstacles in my way. I'd like to focus on the positive aspects of this song for a moment though. First, here are the lyrics:

My brother, this life that was given to you is meant to be yours
My brother, this life has more meaning than what it seems
More feeling, more pain
But you’ll survive all the same
You’ll make it all the way
Every trial, every day
It gets easier in a way
But you need to persist
Your time is limited so you need to do more than just simply exist
You must be a vessel for truth, for G-d’s revelation
It’s up to you, my brother, gotta seek the motivation
You know, you see me and you probably think I’m there
In fact, I’m far you’ll see in my stare
Pain and suffering I’ve lost so much
I’ve gained everything only to lose it and yet I’ve maintained my touch
My ability to grow, my yearning to stay
In a way, I know that it’s only thanks to G-d that I’m here today

Al tivater Yehudi, tahzik ha’rosh le’mala/Don’t give up, Jew, hold your head up high!
Al tivater yehudi, zot rak ha’hatchala/ Don’t give up Jew, this is only the beginning!
Al tivater yehudi, sipur zu rak beineinu/ Don’t give up Jew, this story is between you and me!
Al tivater yehudi, ha’kol od lefaneinu

Al tivater, achi ha’gadol/ Don't give up my big brother
Al tivater ki ani yodea she’ata yachol/ Don't give up because I know that you can
Le’tzmoach kmo perach/ Grow like a flower
Le’tzroach la’melech/ Scream to the King
Ata lo levad/ You're not alone
Ani tamid itcha/ I'm always with you
Afilu achshav kshe’ata mitchalech be’toch hahashecha/ Even now as you walk in the darkness
Ata iti be’halomot/ You're with me in my dreams
U’ksheani margish atzuv/ And when I feel sad
Ata kore ha’machsehvot/ You read my thoughts
Ata tomech bi tamid/ You always support me
Hayita sham be’shvili ba’avar ve’tihye sham be’atid/ You were there for me in the past and you'll be there (for me) in the future
Ata yodea, achi ani godel po be’galut/ You know, bro, I'm growing here in Exile
Lomed Yahadut/ Learning Judaism
Minase le’hatmid/ Try to persist
Ve’ani po yodea she’beolam yesh tachlit/ And I know that there's a purpose to the world
Ein lo yachol/ There's no "can't"
Ata titgaber al ha’kol/ You'll overcome everything
Be’yachad nigdol, be’yachad natzliach/ Together we'll grow, together we'll succeed
Hashem lanu hiftiach/ G-d promised us
Hahayim matana/ Life is a present
Tamid yesh tshuva/ There's always repentance
Az tahzor le’aba, hu mehake lecha/ So return to your Father, He's waiting for you

Al tivater Yehudi, tahzik ha’rosh le’mala/ Don’t give up, Jew, hold your head up high!
Al tivater yehudi, zot rak ha’hatchala/ Don’t give up, Jew, this is only the beginning!
Al tivater yehudi, sipur zu rak beineinu/ Don’t give up, Jew, this story is only between the two of us!
Al tivater yehudi, ha’kol od lefaneinu/ Don’t give up, Jew, everything’s ahead of us!


My story is long
I don’t know where to start
My brother
You know
I wasn’t always smart
Made so many stupid mistakes
Got back up every time
Every time I fell
I felt my life wasn’t mine
Wasn’t mine to take
I just need to make
An impression on this world
Through charity and acts of kindness
That’s my people’s gold
I used to think I had it all
And my brother,
You probably will too
At some point,
You’ll think that life’s a game
But it’s not always up to you
G-d makes the big choices
We are his instruments here
Have no fear
So long’s as your conscience’s clear
Stay strong
There’s no giving up in life
Stay the course
Cause there ain’t no taking flight

Al tivater Yehudi, tahzik ha’rosh le’mala/ Don’t give up, Jew, hold your head up high!
Al tivater yehudi, zot rak ha’hatchala/ Don’t give up, Jew, this is only the beginning!
Al tivater yehudi, sipur zu rak beineinu/ Don’t give up Jew, this story is between you and me!
Al tivater yehudi, ha’kol od lefaneinu/ Don’t give up, Jew, everything’s ahead of us!


I always feel inspired when I think about what it's taken me to get to where I am today. I'm not a Rabbi, a college professor, a sought after professional, or a well-established politician. I can honestly say that I haven't lived up to my parents' dreams--or my own for that matter. Yet I'm alive. That's all I need to know to be satisfied. For most people this is not enough, and rightly so! People want to see progress. They want to grow into better human beings. They want to fix their character flaws. I do too!

But I also know that I need to simplify things. Had it not been for several amazing things that happened to me, I wouldn't be here today. I need to be grateful for every moment I'm alive; every second I breath in the wonderful aroma of this universe. We all have things we should be grateful for: I need to be grateful for literally everything.

In this song, I urge my friend to continue pursuing his dreams; to never give up. I talk about my own struggles and how even though I might appear happy on the outside, there's a lot more to me than meets the eye. Enjoy this song and pass it on!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Great Kahane Video

In Memory of Rehavaam

I just thought I'd share this since I have a little time to blog right now. I dedicated this to the blessed memory of Rehavaam Ze'evi Gandi (H"YD--may G-d avenge his blood):

The Leader

We did not know you well
And yet, you were a hero to us
We called you names
And yet, we had your trust

But there are those of us who shall never forget
Your strength of will, your dedication
You faced the world alone
Your voice rings true today: “We are the Palmach”
You were a light unto the nations

A man of the Book, of holy inclination
A man of his word
A soldier of our salvation

Bullets could not pierce you
Mortals could not pain you
Yet, you are no longer
“Rechavam” we chant your name
Your life to the Zionist cause you gave
That cause will only grow stronger

Who better than you knew this land?
Its hilltops and its valleys
Who wanted freedom more?
True peace and harmony
A home for the stranger, the hungry, and the old

The day has passed
Dark is the sky over the Temple Mount
And once again we hear your song
We hear the Morning Prayer and make no sound

In memory of the fallen hero of Israel, Rechavam Zeevi “Gandi”-may his name be a blessing unto all Israel
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