Monday, January 22, 2024

Am Yisrael Chai ! (+ More)

Am Yisrael Chai ! (+ More)


From Israeli Radio to YouTube, I have been hearing this song.  I have probably heard this song over 10 - 20 times the last four days. It is following me everywhere.

I find it so fascinating that the singers and entertainers in Israel have come together to help with the morale of the public.  This is one this that is such an awesome amazing thing that they are doing. 

This clip is from a contestant on Hakochav Haba La' Erovizion (A Star is Born)



Here is the original with the subtitles in English. 


Here are a few more songs you might enjoy:


Rotem Cohen - Whoever Hates You Will Die
(Listen in the middle of the song for something familiar that might sound like a Disney song)

Unicorn:

Noa Kirel's represented Israel in 2023 with this song. Here are 2 versions the original and the remastered version after October 7th:


Official Eurovision Video:


Remastered Unicorn song after October 7, 2023:

Israeli music star Noa Kirel was enlisted to reserve duty and recorded a theme song for Israel's special forces along with the IDF Choir:

The song "Out of Depression" was performed in a unique production by the Northern Command Band and singer Yagel Oshri:

The song expresses optimism and hope for better days. The choice to make the video emphasizes the power of culture and music to lift spirits, and their great impact on the morale and unity of our soldiers.

The lyrics in the last chorus emphasize the strength and support of the people of Israel in the security bodies, IDF commanders and soldiers:

"The north winds are blowing all the way to you

In your heart there will always be one melody. 

Hear the voice that will enlighten you

The entire nation of Israel stands with you."


Together Always:  

(Static & Agam (Lake) Bohbot - Together Always - The Official Video of the IDF (Iron Swords)
This song has been repurposed. It started out in 2020 as Katan Aleinu and has morphed into something necessary after October 7, 2023.


Note: Stay Tuned for something I'm going to present about Eurovision.  It is taking me a bit of extra time because making time has been the problem.  Also, please be sure to visit jasonhecht.com for some interesting things.  Also available on my website are a lot of the presentations given over the past years. The Israel Fun page has also been updated.

Also, if you like what you see on the blog please comment below.

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Wednesday, November 22, 2023

חג הודיה שמח Happy Thanksgiving! Great Videos and more!

חג הודיה שמח

What does that Mean ?  What does that Say?

Here is a perfect answer:  "HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!"


Here is Sagiv Cohen Singing about Thanksgiving:

Here is another version of the song by Sagiv Cohen:


One thing I miss is Israeli Dancing in a big group the night before Thanksgiving.  I did find a dance that you can all learn for Thanksgiving. After you eat your Turkey and all of the fixing get up and dance!


One more Important Dance (Dedicated to the hostages) May they come home safe!




Here is Debbie Friedman's Thanksgiving Song ! (Everyone's Favorite!)


Sunday, November 12, 2023

Never forget (and a few Israel videos)

Happy Clocktower anniversary day, November 12, 2023:

Don’t know what happened ? Keep reading and watch the video.

On this date in "Back to the Future" history, Nov. 12, 1955, lightning struck the clock tower in Hill Valley, Calif. providing enough power (1.21 gigawatts, in case you forgot) to send Marty McFly and the DeLorean back to the future to 1985.

Read more here!


In 2023 we memorialize the clock tower like this:

I found a way to travel through time. Where can I go? I know I won’t go anywhere near 2020 like my shirt says! 






A prayer before setting off on a journey / now a prayer for Israeli soldiers:




Here is a beautiful song by Shlomi Shabat:


Here is a new song by Eden Hason and Sarit Haddad:


Things we can possibly due to help save the victims that were kidnapped and are now hostages:



Here is a song I hope to bring you comfort! Hopefully this song will be used in the future to celebrate good things coming in the horizon! If you can recognize the song, please post it in the comments:



Don’t forget to sign up for December 3. I am presenting music for Hanukkah and hopefully bwill have a miracle.



Friday, November 3, 2023

Shma Elohai (A Few Prayers) and more. (Israel Needs your Prayers!)


This is a song by Sarit Haddad, but this version it isn't her singing it. This song is such a powerful song. "Shma (Hear) Israel my God," This is a very appropriate song right now because of everything going on in Israel. There is also a dance to this song by one of my favorite choreographers Shmulik Gov-Ari.

Here is Cantor Azi Schwartz singing Shema Yisrael. When the Heart Cries:



Here is Sarit Haddad singing it (Enjoy the Subtitles):


Here is one more Video of Sarit Haddad singing the same song (3 Times is better than 1). Pay attention to the audience how they are singing with her and how emotional she got during the performance. 


Here is the lyrics translation

Here is another song (One Nation) also represents Shma Israel:

Other Videos I found this week to share:

Tamir Grinberg ✖️ Shiri Maimon - COMING HOME (For the Israelis kidnapped by Hamas). It is nice once in a while to hear Shiri Singing in English. Such a very emotional video. We need songs like this to help Israel and the world feel better:


One of my favorite songs usually sung by Shlomi Shabbat. Here are the lyrics translated.


Here is another one Featuring Shlomi Shabbat and Ze Hu Ze. This is a MUST SEE !!!: From Facebook 

Speaking about Shlomi Shabbat he came out with a new song this week. Its a bit tough but it's a nice song. (From within your suffering you shall live). Special Thanks to Moshe Kaye for translating the song.


A Prayer for the Soldiers Fighting over in Israel:




Here is a prayer for the Israeli Soldiers. A few of my friends are serving in the Israeli Army. I pray every day for them. Video by Shai Abramson.


The composer, arranger and conductor Arie Lebanon passed away this week at the age of 91. Lebanon, the creators of the Hebrew singer, composed and processed "Erev Ba" - which won the first prize at the First Singer Festival, held in 1960. Lebanon is also responsible, among other things, for "The Three Answers Singer", "Lifa HaGalon" and for more than 1,500 versions for theater, cinema and concert hall.




Here is Shoshana Damari Singing Erev Ba our tribute to Arie Lebanon  This is one of the always played Israeli Dance songs. It can be done as a circle dance for beginners or a partner dance. Same version either way !

What I've been hearing on the Israeli Radio is a lot of slow and sad songs and that is what Israel needs right now. Hopefully soon there will be a miracle that will lift our spirits. (Lets hope before Hanukkah!)

This is an event that happened in Times Square. (AM Yisrael Chai!) A little upbeat and we need it now! For those of you that don't know what Am Yisrael Chai Means Click here!


Here is to a healthy and safe shabbat. (With a little bit of Humor!) We all need that now. 


Please share this Blog with your Friends !!!!






Sunday, October 22, 2023

Ad Sof Ha-Olam - and More + an Announcement !

AD-Sof Ha'olam (Until the end of the World)

Here are 3 different recordings of the Song Ad-Sof Ha'olam.  Why did i pick this song? The song is one I've been hearing a lot on the radio and recently I used it in one of my presentations. It has a really beautiful Israeli Dance to it by Gadi Bitton. This song has also been in the drafts of my blog collecting a little dust for a while. I figured now is the time for others to explore the different versions of the song.








See the Dance:


Here is the translation.

I've been listening to a lot of Sarit Haddad recently and whenever war or Israel needs a pick-me-up song. Josh Shron plays this on Israel Hour radio.  Take a listen and enjoy:



Katan Aleinu:

Katan Aleinu (קטן עלינו) is a charity single written and composed by Israeli singer Static (one half of pop duo Static & Ben El Tavori) and his producer Yarden 'Jordi' Peleg. The song features 40 Israeli singers and was written and recorded in response to the 2019–2021 COVID-19 pandemic. You can find the original all around but here is Rega singing it with all of the soldiers. Lately a lot of videos have featured soldiers due to the Israeli / Gaza war.



Chazak Ameinu - We stand as one:

This original English/Hebrew anthem recorded by over 50 Jewish Music artists speaks for Israeli citizens to be strong despite the ongoing violence perpetrated by Arab terrorists. Recorded in 2006 the song was served as an uplifting source of inspiration for all who heard it. It was created in memory of the fallen people after the Sbarro Incident. I recently heard the song on Chagigah Radio.


Hanan Ben-Ari (Homeland):

Brand new song (Homeland) written for the IDF soldiers by Hanan Ben-Ari. (Enjoy the English Translation)






Here is a video mashup created by Benny Friedman (It's long but well worth the listen)


Additional Information:

Stay Tuned the first week in December 2023 for a very special Hanukkah presentation. (1 - In-Person from Arizona and 1- Zoom.),  

Have something inspiring you want to share please do so.

Jason

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Wednesday, October 11, 2023

Songs for thought and prayer for this week!

 

Peace in the Middle East:


Wow. It's been an incredibly bad weekend. All this fighting and violence needs to stop. This is so horrible and very sad. Many Singers and artists have taken to social media to keep everyone informed. Israeli dancing all over the world has been canceled for the next week or more. If we cancel our events they win and I wish and hope this won't happen.

I heard this song on two different programs the last few days and think its a good share.

Here is a song that was performed at Eurovision 2009. It features Achinoam Noni and Mira Awad, Gil Dor. The song came in 16th place. 



We need a hero at this point! This video is pretty cool and enjoyable by all:


I may have shown this next video before but now is the time to show it again. It represents the Jewish people all over:

Here is a little Yiddish music dedicated to the Arizona Diamondbacks. This is for winning 3 games in a row to sweep the Dodgers and make it to the NLS.   I hope you like it:


Here is a link to more.

One of my favorite Singers Debbie Friedman has some great songs to pray for peace which is what we really need right now:

Lechi Lach:


Oseh Shalom:


Another Oseh Shalom:


The most important song is Israel's National Anthem (The Song Of Hope) dedicated to all the IDF soldiers that protect the land of Eretz Israel:


Be sure to visit my website jasonhecht.com for more interesting things. It is constantly evolving. Here are some Israel resources courtesy of USCJ.

Please help Israel out by prayers, donations, and more prayers.



Sunday, October 1, 2023

Happy Sukkot! And more funny things.


Here is one more good L’shanah Tova video I hope everyone’s new year is off to a good start! 


On Yom Kippur we even brought this and played it in the synagogue 🕍:


Here is one of my favorite singers Sam Glaser singing one of his hit songs for Sukkot.


For those of you that don’t know anything about Sukkot here is a little info (13 facts about Sukkot):


Sukkot song; 


Things to do in a Sukkah:

Here is what I would do in a sukkah: 




Be careful and don’t smoke in your Sukkah! The surgeon general warns against smoking these in the Sukkah:




Eating in a Sukkah is also very important. Also inviting friends to join in the fun! 



If you invite LT. Worf he might bring something good.


Don’t wind up in a pickle:

Or with a bunch of pickles:


Here are some more funny songs for Sukkot:

Sukkah (Sugar parody)

Shaking the Lulav!

Happy Sukkot Parody





Here is a playlist If you really need more.