In honor of their imminent aliyah, I thought it would be nice if we would dedicate this edition of “Ascending Notes” to my esteemed in-laws. For those unfamiliar, this particular feature highlights songs that are found in the 15 chapters of Tehillim beginning with the words Shir Hama’alos (120-134). So today, I felt it would be especially appropriate to choose a song that best applies to them as they prepare to take flight.
By now, there are two things that all of us in this group know: when we need inspiration, we turn to the words of Tehillim, and when we need that soul-stirring song to help us sing along, we turn to tunes of Yerachmiel Begun. Since his debut release back in 1974, Begun has proven to be a steady source of music that is filled with just the right amount of oomph and pizazz, without ever sacrificing any of its pure, Yiddishe flavor.
Following the success of the Toronto Pirchei Choir records, Yerachmiel headed south where he would go on to form a new choir under the name Miami Choir Boys. However, while the name hasn’t quite remained the same, Yerachmiel Begun and his Miami Boys Choir has since been a wellspring of נגינה and quality entertainment for the last 45 years. Today’s song, Hashem, is from their 1977 debut album entitled Victory Entebbe, and as the words of the song imply, when we turn to Hashem, He will assuredly take care of our every need.
Tatty and Mommy, we look forward to greeting you when you arrive. May Hashem protect you from every evil, and may He guard your departure and your arrival, from now and forever after.
יִשְׁמָרְךָ מִכָּל רָע
יִשְׁמֹר אֶת נַפְשֶׁךָ
מֵעַתָּה וְעַד עוֹלָם