When the Rav and the Kibbutz-member sang duet

Hanoch Elbalak passed away today at 84. The Kibbutznik of the (secular) Kibbutz Bet-HaShitah was a member of the famous Israeli folk singers group, HaGiv’atron. He performed the liturgical song Unetaneh Tokef with Yair Rosenblum’s melody, which swept the Jewish world.

The song was composed after the 1973 Yom Kippur war, in which 11 of the kibbutz members fell, and the ancient words  together with the new meaning they assumed blended with the new melody and touched the hearts of millions. A few years ago, Chief Rabbi David Lau, visited the Kibbutz on Yom Kippur eve. Elbalak was already weak, and was walking with a walker. He had performed the song hundreds of times with his wonderful voice, but such performance, in a duet with the Rav and a spontaneous choir, he never had.

In his memory.

(Courtesy of the Ayelet HaShachar organizstion, headed by Rabbi Shlomo Ra’anan.)

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Sivan Rahav-Meir is a media personality and lecturer. Married to Yedidya, the mother of five. Lives in Jerusalem. She works for Israel TV news, writes a column for Yediot Aharonot newspaper, and hosts a weekly radio show on Galei Zahal (Army Radio). Her lectures on the weekly Torah portion are attended by hundreds and the live broadcast attracts thousands more listeners throughout the world.

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