I could start and end this article right here, but I won’t. No way. We are not giving in nor giving up.
The world has changed since we last wrote. The klal has changed. We have changed.
Rabbi Efrem Goldberg shared a letter from a man who said his life was changed by the music of Ishay Ribo. While that is astounding, we believe it, knowing full well the power of music. What is astounding as well is how Ishay spreads chizuk to our soldiers as we speak.
Lots of impromptu music from the heart has been pouring out of our singers. War can do that. Emotions run high. Music is an avodah of the soul.
Benny Friedman’s mash-up of “Am Yisrael Chai” is absolutely beautiful—catch the music video on YouTube. “The Prayer for the IDF Soldiers” by Shai Abramson is not to be missed. “Collecting Sparks,” put out by Thank You Hashem Nation/Chaim Ghoori is a new album especially for our difficult times. Avraham Fried’s “Chayalim” is top-notch. “Mi Shebeirach” by Chaim Freund—wow, what a voice. “Joy of Purity” by Yaakov Shwekey includes a song and message of meaning from Reb Yaakov. “Ani Ma’amin” by Izzy Gildin portrays a diverse group gathering towards fostering emunah. DJ Farbreng and Meir Green’s “Songs of Soldiers” upmix is a favorite of ours.
And last but not least—a special shoutout to the kinderlach, the children, and we know it’s the children who will bring about Geulah. Give a listen to: “The Children of Israel are Calling—Stand by Me.”
Yaakov Shwekey shares chizuk with the IDF and those injured, as does Omer Adam, among others. We have participated in musical gatherings, prayer vigils, rallies and challah bakes in New York, New Jersey and Florida. Action speaks a million words of empowerment, and music is certainly a love language. A little shift of energy into the home, and up close, rather than online, can make a world of difference. May we all build ourselves, our families and our communities closer. “Shine a Little Light” (song by Yitzi Hurwitz), one at a time.
For anyone needing a hug or to talk: We are here for you. The radio broadcasting chaplains are in.
Please remember: We’re all called up as reservists. We all have something to contribute in this matzav. May we do it together, in good health, safety and achdus. May Israel see victory swiftly and safely. May our brave soldiers be protected, and may we all remember who we are! Am Yisrael Chai! Thank you Hashem!
Al and Sarah (Newcomb) Gordon own and operate 1640 WJPR, a unique radio station in hybrid format out of Highland Park/Edison, New Jersey. Al has been dazzling Radioland with his voice and personality for decades. Sarah, a certified chaplain, columnist, realtor and therapeutic healer, is new to radio and new to the Gordon household. Together they hope to blaze a unique trail utilizing their special koach, impacting their children, grandchildren, community, many fans and all others as intended from above, one song and one smile at a time. #TYH Nation, YOU matter! They can be reached at: [email protected].