web analytics
December 8, 2016 / 8 Kislev, 5777
News & Views
Sponsored Post
The Migdal Ohr Mishpachton MISHPACHTONIM – Israel’s Children are Your Children.

Support Migdal Ohr by purchasing letters in the Torah Scroll that will be written in honor of Rabbi Grossman’s 70th Birthday.



Yes, But What is He Playing?


Printer-Ready Page Layout
Yes, But What is He Playing?

Photo Credit: Yossi Zeliger/FLASH90



Here’s the Kretshnif Rebbe playing the violin for his Chassidim.

I know he’s having a good time. He looks content and inspired. But are his listeners enjoying themselves?

Why are they standing up? Are they expecting the music to be divinely inspired and therefore one must take it in with the respect expressed by standing down, rather than the comfort of sitting down?

And what is the Rebbe playing? You’d think it’s a Chassidic niggun, something very Giora Feidman, but isn’t that just too cliché?

Let me ask you, with their limited exposure to the outside culture, would the Chassidim even recognize ii if their Rebbe played some pop tune?

I was thinking, what if he’s playing “Yesterday,” by Lennon–McCartney?

Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away / Now it looks as though they’re here to stay / Oh, I believe in yesterday

נעכטן, אַלע מיין קאָפּדרייעניש געווען אַזוי ווייַט אַוועק / איצט עס קוקט ווי כאָטש זיי ניטאָ דאָ צו בלייַבן / אָה, איך גלויבן אין נעכטן


Maybe not…

Yori Yanover

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.





Imported and Older Comments:


Current Top Story
Ibrahim Abdullah Ranimat
Major Hamas Cell Nabbed, Plotted Shooting and Abduction

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/photos/yes-but-what-is-he-playing/2014/01/31/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: