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Inspiration for Tragic Times
« on: February 08, 2023, 07:45:06 PM »
When I feel numb from tragedy, I often find some meaning in music. There are some songs that really can give a perspective to help people find some solace in tragedy. I'm sure there are also video clips and speeches that have the same effect, and written ideas as well.

We have a thread of Music for Nachamu/Ge'ulah, but that is limited to songs of solace about the Bais Hamikdash. Since unfortunately we so often feel the pain of tragic events, I thought it would be worthwhile to start a thread - sort of like a playlist of inspiration - in which we can share what moved us, so that others can find comfort as well.

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Re: Inspiration for Tragic Times
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2023, 07:46:43 PM »
A very famous example of a song of solace is Neshomela from Abie Rotenberg. To me, however, a song that resonated much more deeply in tragedy was A Jewel in the Crown, off Lev Venefesh.




(Here's neshomele)

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Re: Inspiration for Tragic Times
« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2023, 07:50:23 PM »
Boruch Levine - Umacha. He made this after a tragic accident that claimed the life of a yeshiva bochur. Here's the original and best version IMO

https://mostlymusic.com/products/modim-anachnu-lach?variant=835147717


Here are others




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Re: Inspiration for Tragic Times
« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2023, 09:50:04 PM »
Ad Musai, MBD
https://open.spotify.com/track/6Irrm0h50XARSMmdO6CMZE
He wrote this after a friend of his was killed in a suicide bombing.

Rachamana, Kol Achai
https://open.spotify.com/track/1T5yf48sW9ycs6nQRi6vhW

Kerachem Av, Shragee
https://open.spotify.com/track/5PEXab4pRlfD2jxNUeqiak
Shragee was killed in Meiron.

Shabbos Hi Milizok, Beri Weber
https://open.spotify.com/track/6r3Q9YK0qoumLmTZPp9SJ1

Lomoh Hashem, Avraham Fried
https://open.spotify.com/track/10zyKy1rKVK5oL37I9adbk

Keili Keili, MBD on Hasc 7

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Re: Inspiration for Tragic Times
« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2023, 09:50:17 PM »
Here are a few more songs with deep messages that really resonated with me:










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Re: Inspiration for Tragic Times
« Reply #6 on: February 08, 2023, 10:45:33 PM »
So many moving, emotional songs posted above. Thank you

This is the song that always plays in my head when I hear sad news:

Dov Hoffman - Lamah Hashem. Composed by Pinky Weber, off the Hameshorerim (1999) album.

(Abish Brodt subsequently recorded it using the words of Shema Koleinu. But the original lyrics fit the melody better.)

https://soundcloud.com/ddf-sod/lamah-dov-hoffman

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Re: Inspiration for Tragic Times
« Reply #7 on: February 08, 2023, 10:49:33 PM »
So many moving, emotional songs posted above. Thank you

This is the song that always plays in my head when I hear sad news:

Dov Hoffman - Lamah Hashem. Composed by Pinky Weber, off the Hameshorerim (1999) album.

(Abish Brodt subsequently recorded it using the words of Shema Koleinu. But the original lyrics fit the melody better.)

https://soundcloud.com/ddf-sod/lamah-dov-hoffman
This was one of my favorite songs, but I was a little confused about the lyrics of the high part - "Amar B'libo..." From learning Rashi on that pasuk (Tehillim 10, IIRC), it seems that it's paraphrasing someone saying something improper. Unless there is another pshat that explains it differently...

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Re: Inspiration for Tragic Times
« Reply #8 on: February 09, 2023, 02:01:28 AM »
A Yid - Miracles 3

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Re: Inspiration for Tragic Times
« Reply #9 on: February 09, 2023, 06:47:31 AM »
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Re: Inspiration for Tragic Times
« Reply #10 on: February 09, 2023, 10:37:36 AM »
Habita on Avodas Tzedaka by Shloime Kaufman together with akaPella
https://www.shazam.com/track/109321507/habita-feat-a-k-a-pella

Avraham Fried, Miracles, for RCCS


And I know this isn't the Nachamu thread but the song resonates for me even when I am going through other issues: Aryeh Kunstler's Nachamu.
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Ki Avi - Waterbury Mesivta


Ruvi New - The Last Time You Waved Goodbye


Eli Nathan - You Are My Strength (Destiny 4, sung by Dov Levine)


Shalsheles - Ekra
Mendy Wald - Keli & Smile Again
Moshe Yes A"H - G-d is my Strength and my Song
Moshe Goldman A"H - Ani Maamin
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Re: Inspiration for Tragic Times
« Reply #11 on: February 12, 2023, 08:44:04 PM »
I just watched these clips from the Shiva of the Paley boys, and I don't know how anyone can see this and not be shaken by it. Such youth, such innocence, poor brothers and sisters who are sitting and crying over their 5- and 7- year-old brothers, while their father lays sedated in critical condition in the hospital, unaware that he is (hopefully) going to wake up at some point into a new reality without two of his sons.

It's so hard to fathom.

Reading the piece, I see the fathers name is Avrohom Noach Paley. I know Paley is a common name in Eretz Yisroel, and I assume there is no relation, but I know of another Noach Paley, a composer. The only song I knew from him is the soul-stirring "Bain Ha'ulam Velamizbeach," sung by Dovid Gabay. I typed the name "Noach Paley" into Google to see if anything came up, and another song popped up from him, on Mishpacha Magazine's website.

https://mishpacha.com/jingle-of-the-heart/

In the accompanying article, he relates a stirring story. Even though his punch-line is not necessarily relevant to tragedy, the message still lent a poignant perspective to this. The song's message: "Hashem doesn't owe you anything." This is eerily similar to the words of Mrs. Paley this week: "I'm happy that Hashem gave me my children for a few years."

It's something to keep in mind. We have idea why Hashem does anything. We just have to realize that Hashem doesn't owe us anything. Everything that He does give us is a gift.

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Re: Inspiration for Tragic Times
« Reply #12 on: February 13, 2023, 04:53:06 AM »
i find music very helpful especially shalsheles(zeh hayom)
However music is just a band-aid solution for a few moments
the real good solution is dealing with torah and chessed
how can you not be happy when you learn bava kamma!?
how much happiness one gets from getting up in middle of night, when you are especially tired and rock your baby back to sleep and make her a bottle!!
Giving money to help a poor kallah have a nice cHasuna
This is true happiness

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Re: Inspiration for Tragic Times
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Re: Inspiration for Tragic Times
« Reply #14 on: October 10, 2023, 07:22:47 PM »
A very famous example of a song of solace is Neshomela from Abie Rotenberg. To me, however, a song that resonated much more deeply in tragedy was A Jewel in the Crown, off Lev Venefesh.




(Here's neshomele)


Just seeing this thread now,
I hope you have the other version of A Jewel in the Crown 😜

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Re: Inspiration for Tragic Times
« Reply #15 on: October 11, 2023, 01:26:42 AM »
Rav Yaakov Bender on what to tell your children

https://darchei.wistia.com/medias/7smbu6nmng

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Re: Inspiration for Tragic Times
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Re: Inspiration for Tragic Times
« Reply #17 on: October 11, 2023, 09:46:24 PM »
The words that resonate with me these days are the words of אחינו.

אַחֵֽינוּ כָּל בֵּית יִשְׂרָאֵל, הַנְּתוּנִים בְּצָרָה וּבַשִּׁבְיָה, הָעוֹמְדִים בֵּין בַּיָּם וּבֵין בַּיַּבָּשָׁה, הַמָּקוֹם יְרַחֵם עֲלֵיהֶם, וְיוֹצִיאֵם מִצָּרָה לִרְוָחָה, וּמֵאֲפֵלָה לְאוֹרָה, וּמִשִּׁעְבּוּד לִגְאֻלָּה, הַשְׁתָּא בַּעֲגָלָא וּבִזְמַן קָרִיב, וְנֹאמַר אָמֵן

There are a number of beautiful tunes for it that I know of. Here are a few:

Abie Rotenberg's, recorded on Lev Vanefesh Vol. 1


Yossi Green's, sung by Avraham Fried on Forever One


Pinky Weber's, sung by Yisroel Werdyger on his first album, Bayis Ne'eman


MBD's, composed by MBD, on Let My People Go


Beri Weber's, composed by Bentzy Polatseck, on Thank You Hashem


Lev Tahor's, composed by Gadi Fuchs

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Re: Inspiration for Tragic Times
« Reply #18 on: October 12, 2023, 12:21:22 AM »
The words that resonate with me these days are the words of אחינו.

אַחֵֽינוּ כָּל בֵּית יִשְׂרָאֵל, הַנְּתוּנִים בְּצָרָה וּבַשִּׁבְיָה, הָעוֹמְדִים בֵּין בַּיָּם וּבֵין בַּיַּבָּשָׁה, הַמָּקוֹם יְרַחֵם עֲלֵיהֶם, וְיוֹצִיאֵם מִצָּרָה לִרְוָחָה, וּמֵאֲפֵלָה לְאוֹרָה, וּמִשִּׁעְבּוּד לִגְאֻלָּה, הַשְׁתָּא בַּעֲגָלָא וּבִזְמַן קָרִיב, וְנֹאמַר אָמֵן

There are a number of beautiful tunes for it that I know of. Here are a few:



Feelings don't care about your facts

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Re: Inspiration for Tragic Times
« Reply #19 on: October 12, 2023, 09:44:11 PM »
I completely forgot that this song existed. Suddenly today it was going through my head.

"Like a restless lion ready to pounce, they move our boundaries, surround our towns... Sirens scream and wail...
The train may be cushioned, but the ride is the same; The song of our travels is mingled with pain"


(From Yosef Chaim Schwekey's first album, composed by Dina Storch & Yitzy Schwartz. Hebrew version lyrics by Moshe Dovid Shwekey, English version lyrics by Dina Storch)