Peace in Israel-Yearning for Blessings & Redemptio
I started this project, my second CD, three years ago, recording "Paz en Israel", a song I wrote, reflecting a Jewish soldier's prayer for PEACE from Israel's enemies and for PEACE amongst our people. As we know, when we, the nation of Israel, dwell in peace and harmony, we merit G-d's presence and His blessings within us. If, however, we let our differences and disagreements surface and become a springboard for discord and enmity, then we lose Divine protection and are vulnerable to the negative forces from without! This song, and the title of this album, was born during a perilous time for our people in general and those living in the Land of Israel in particular. As I am native of Argentina, with Spanish my birth language, the song took original form in Spanish. However, as it carries a most powerful message, I subsequently translated it (and recorded it) in an English/Hebrew version (with different vocal arrangement and the sweet sounding voices of my daughters Nechama and Chana). As I am getting this project ready for duplication and distribution, feelings of sadness, gratitude, and strong yearning engulf my heart. Sadness - This year I lost one of my nearest connections to the eternal chain of Klal Israel: my father and teacher, Yehuda ben Abraham, may his memory be a blessing. On one of my daily walks, shortly after his sudden passing, I had a strong thought: how can I use music, the gift G-d blessed me with, to bring an elevation to my father's soul? We know that Kaddish is a prayer recited by mourning Jewish males and that it's recitation brings an aliya (elevation) to the deceased's soul. "Let This Song Be My Kaddish" became the fruit of my longing. In reality, my sisters and I, together with our children, are my father's living "Kaddish". However, it is my innermost hope that the inspiration and spiritual uplift you experience when listening to this song and to all the songs on this CD, will result in bringing a continuous elevation to my father's soul and to all precious souls that have moved on to the Next World (until Moshiach comes, when, according to Jewish tradition, we will once again be reunited with our loved ones)! Gratitude - Rivky, my 'special needs' daughter, recently underwent major surgery. I've come to the absolute conviction that it was my father's pleading for her in the Upper Worlds, coupled with the fervent prayers of family, friends and even people who don't know Rivky, that saved her life and achieved the surgery's intended goal! Jewish unity and areivus, responsibility for each other, bring tremendous nachas and joy to our Father in Heaven! I thank everyone who was there for us praying for Rivky and helping us during those fearful and most trying days! And, I thank G-d for entrusting my husband and I with Rivky's care. I hope we will merit to fulfill our roles according to His ratzon (desire) and beyond! Yearning - Life is very beautiful when lived according to Torah guidelines. Yet, there is so much heartbreak, so much sorrow, some self-caused, and some beyond our control. The truth is, as long as we are in exile and G-d is in a state of 'concealment', our nation is 'like sheep without a shepherd', stranded and without guidance... We are missing the excitement of yesteryear, as our families made the thrice a year pilgrimage to Jerusalem during the Jewish Festivals. We no longer experience G-d's open revelation as was so evident during the days of King Solomon and the First Holy Temple! It is my feeling of pride for being part of the Jewish Nation, and my longing for closeness to the Holy One Blessed Be He and for the rebuilding of the Holy Temple that form the foundation for the songs in this CD. It is not just lyrics and music that you will hear; it is a genuine prayer for the Final Redemption which we hope we will merit... TODAY! Blessings, Leah.