Sunday, March 2, 2014
It's Adar II, and Here Come the Purim Videos: "Miracles" by Gad Elbaz, Naftali Kalfa, and Ari Lesser
Today is Rosh Hodesh Adar II, the first day of the month about which it's been said Mishenichnat Adar Marbim B'Simcha - When Adar begins, we increase our joy. The primary expression of joy is the fun and laughter that are part of the holiday of Purim, which this year arrives on Sunday March 16.
As promised, from today through Purim we'll be featuring Purim-related content, including some new videos, skits, and whatever we find suitable. We can't give you any more details, because we never know until midnight what will appear on Jewish Humor Central the next day.
Today's post, the first Purim video of this year, comes with a warning. If you watch and listen to it a few times, it's likely to become an "earworm" and get stuck in your head for at least the whole day.
The song is called Miracles and it's a collaboration of three young artists: Naftali Kalfa, Gad Elbaz, and Ari Lesser. It starts with the Al Hanisim prayer that we say on Purim and also on Hanukkah. It recounts the miracles that God performed for our ancestors in Biblical days, and also gives thanks for the miracles that we experience each day in our own lives.
Ari Lesser is a singer, songwriter, rapper, and spoken word artist from Cleveland, Ohio. He graduated from the University of Oregon and more recently spent time in Israel studying at Yeshivot in Tzfat and Jerusalem. He has performed all over the world, and written hundreds of songs on a wide range of subjects.
Naftali Kalfa was born in Toronto, Canada. He is the proud eldest of 11 siblings, two of whom are serving in elite combat units in the IDF. Music has always been in his soul and from a very young age he would sing in synagogues and for community events. Naftali’s musical talent and inclination comes from his mother who is a talented singer and musician who plays both flute and guitar. His first musical production, a Album titled Yihyu Liratzon was done in collaboration with the Piamenta brothers.
Gad Elbaz, an Israeli Jewish singer, already achieved international success by the age of 26 with three number one hit songs, Halayla Zeh Hazman, Or and Al Neharot Bavel. All of his CD's have climbed high on the charts and sold over 100,000 copies in Israel alone.
Gad began to sing and write music at age four. He first appeared with his father Benny Elbaz, a popular Israeli singer, accompanying him on the hit song Father I Love You.
Gad's music intentionally captures both the observant and secular listener by mixing original and biblical texts with ballads, harmonies, middle-eastern rhythms and modern pop. Many of the songs are a collaboration between him and his wife Moran, where he composes the music and she writes the lyrics.
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(A tip of the kippah to Yonina Rosenbluth for bringing this video to our attention.)