February 17, 2009, - 4:01 pm

VIDEO of the Day: Israeli Singer Ohad & Black Jewish Choir–Forget American Idol

By Debbie Schlussel
This recently released video features popular Israeli singer Ohad Moskowitz (not to be confused with pan-Islamist, incompetent ICE agent “Abu Moskowitz” a/k/a Brian Moskowitz), “The Jewish Choir,” and the young Yonatan Sheinfeld (12 years old). “The Jewish Choir”–for the curious–is a group of Jewish Israelis who live in Dimona, Israel.
They are singing two of the most popular, well known Hebrew and Jewish songs, mixed together. The first song, “Kol HaOlam,” was written by Rabbi Nachman of Bratzlav (also known as Breslov)–an important figure in the Chassidic Jewish movement. It speaks of how the whole world is just a narrow bridge. The second song, “Oseh Shalom,” is a Jewish prayer for G-d to bring peace on the Jewish people. I’ve posted the English lyrics below. But even if you don’t understand Hebrew and/or are not Jewish, these singers–the choir, the young boy, etc.–have great voices, and their performance is excellent.

Thanks to The Cool Jew for the tip.
“Kol HaOlam” [“The Whole World”] English Lyrics:

The Whole World
is a very narrow bridge.
And the main thing to recall
is not to be afraid–
not to be afraid at all.

“Oseh Shalom” [“He (G-d) Who Makes Peace”] English Lyrics:

May He who makes peace
In the high places (the heavens)
Make peace upon us
And all of Israel
And let us say Amen.

3 Responses

Shalom Alecheim!
Gosh, gee whillikers, that brought back happy memories of my trip to Israel, where I was the only Christian on Jewish guided bus tours.
I recognized that second song!
I remember trying to mimic the sounds and sing along with the others in my tour group, even though I couldn’t speak the language.
But, they were tolerant (and amused?) of my ignorance.
John Robert Mallernee
Official Bard of Clan Henderson
Armed Forces Retirement Home
Washington, D.C. 20011-8400

writesong on February 17, 2009 at 5:23 pm

Thanks for posting this, Debbie, it was great!

mplumb on February 18, 2009 at 1:53 am

Debbie, I’d like to see the Israelis send a few ringers here to try and get on AI. It could really humanize Israel if a good looking girl could get some air time. I don’t see anyone on that video who could make it, but the Israelis should really be trying.

Anonymous1 on February 18, 2009 at 10:36 pm

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