Although it is nearly Shabbat, this is not the time for a Good News Friday installment, since today is the day before Tisha B’Av. This year, since the 9th of Av falls on Shabbat, the fast day itself will only start at sundown on Shabbat night, and Shabbat itself is a normal day. Nevertheless since we are now at the height (or depths) of the 9 days (the 9 days from Rosh Chodesh Av until Tisha B’Av where we increase our mourning for Jerusalem), now is not the time to cheer up with good news. That will wait till after the fast is over.
But I also don’t want to leave you with depressing thoughts for Shabbat, so here are a couple of moving videos which I have posted before, but they are favourites of mine.
Here is Yaakov Shweki with אם אשכחך ירושלים – if I forget thee O Jerusalem:
And here is the song written in memory of the three teenagers Gil-Ad, Naftali and Eyal, who were kidnapped last summer and whose murder set off the chain reaction culminating in the war known as Operation Protective Edge (Tzuk Eitan). This beautiful song was written by popular Israeli performer David D’Or, and was performed jointly by several singers including David D’Or, Avraham Fried, Kobi Aflalo, Yishai Ribo, Yonatan Razel and David Broza. Other singers include Liad Fisher, Amir Ben Gal, Gavriel Lederman, Chanan Einstein, Yedidia Yosef and Yehuda Malka.
The lyrics are so emotional they bring tears to the eyes, and are so poetic in the way they pick up on the boys’ names and use them in reference to Biblical verses which describe the travails we all went through last summer. (h/t Reality).
Here are the words in Hebrew on the right, with my English translation on the left.
May these songs inspire you for these difficult days.
Wishing you all Shabbat Shalom. May we hear only good news.