Yom shlishi, 17 Elul 5772.
This seems to be the Year of the Jewish Unity Music Video. Please enjoy the following clips. My prayer is that many Jews will view them and share them, and that we will finally, finally allow ourselves to be freed from cynicism and lack of trust, and will simply love each other into the Geula Shelaima.
Have I said that Yaakov Shwekey is the closest thing to a perfect Irish tenor that the Jewish nation has produced, IMHIO? Yes, I have. And I'll say it again. Mendy Pellin produced this video in memory of his brother Yaakov, zt"l, who was niftar last month. I love what Mendy says about his dear brother: "He was the essence of love beyond the label."
Mendy quotes the Rebbe Maharash of Lubavitch: "On Rosh Hashana, thousands of angels hover around listening anxiously to hear one Jew say a nice thing about his fellow. This is more precious to Hashem than all the prayers of the righteous."
Lipa Schmeltzer is known for "coloring outside the lines" with his music. Here is a lovely tribute to the Nahal Hareidi unit of the IDF, which ends up being a tribute to Jews, and to ahavat Yisrael.
Of course, there is the wonderful and uplifting video from last year, from the group called "8th Day." Listening to the Marcus brothers rock the house makes me think that the Brothers Mizrachi should start thinking about a little recorded collaboration...
Here is a local offering on the subject of Jewish unity, produced by Shemesh Music. David Bar-Cohn says: "'Unity' is not about all of us coming to agreement religiously, politically or otherwise. It's about being able to disagree vehemently with someone, and yet still wanting the best for them, desiring their joy and seeking to alleviate their pain. If we can do this, even with our 'opponents,' not only will this create a culture of solution-building -- it will cultivate the possibility for 'Chaverim kol Yisrael' -- where all Jews look out for one another, as friends do."
May this year's hovering angels hear us say many wonderful things and no mean or spiteful things about our fellow Jews this Rosh Hashana.
Geula Shelaima: the complete Redemption -- a time of love and peace, and end to all of the terrible things that surround us today
IMHIO: in my humble Irish opinion :-)
Niftar: passed away
Ahavat Yisrael: love of a fellow Jew