I am LOVING the latest CD by Udi Davidi called 'High Lights'. Apart from the fact that one of my kids managed to make it into the video for one of the tracks (because every frum popstar inevitably ends up filming at least one song somewhere along Jaffa St…), I’m convinced that the last track on the CD was written with ruach hakodesh.
It’s the story of a niggun that Rebbe Meir Shapiro, the founder of the Daf Yomi, created before he died. There is something about how Udi Davidi tells the story, and how hauntingly beautiful the niggun is, that sends shivers up my spine every time I hear it.
Who is like your people, God, that an Israeli Temani singer can so beautifully capture the spirit of a pre-war Polish rebbe?! Amazing.
You can buy the CD HERE.
This is not worth a post of its own, but with all these underage terrorists popping up all over the place, it strikes me that Israel should be putting their Palestinian mothers in prison for child abuse. There’s no way that a child who is being properly treated, loved and nurtured by its parents would go out stabbing other people.
I read a very short eBook on being a baal teshuva by the Popchassid, that I mostly liked, except for its recommendation that people on their teshuva journey should find a good shrink. I get the point that making teshuva (and modern life generally) can be extremely challenging, and that everyone needs someone helpful and supportive to talk to sometimes. But I don’t think shrinks are the way to go. We all really just need a good friend, and a regular session of hitbodedut.
Apart from that, though, I really liked the rest of the book, and if you know someone who’s at the beginning of their teshuva process, it could be a short but very useful read for them.
See the book for yourself HERE.