Sunday, February 6, 2011

ATT Kesser Torah/Chicago Pirchei Boys Choir

The ATT Kesser Torah Boys Choir was the main group musical experience of my childhood. Every Sunday night, our fearless leader Peretz would plop down his little brown keyboard in the ICJA lunchroom and turn a fidgety group of boys from different schools into a pretty decent-sounding choir. Here's a video of us singing Kol B'Ramah at Chicago City Hall in 1990 - I was lucky to have the solo for this haunting and beautiful song.

lyrics (from Jer. 31):
יד ...קוֹל בְּרָמָה נִשְׁמָע נְהִי בְּכִי תַמְרוּרִים--רָחֵל, מְבַכָּה עַל-בָּנֶיהָ; מֵאֲנָה לְהִנָּחֵם עַל-בָּנֶיהָ, כִּי אֵינֶנּוּ. 14 ...A voice is heard in Ramah, lamentation, and bitter weeping, Rachel weeping for her children; she refuseth to be comforted for her children, because they are not.
טו כֹּה אָמַר יְהוָה, מִנְעִי קוֹלֵךְ מִבֶּכִי, וְעֵינַיִךְ, מִדִּמְעָה: כִּי יֵשׁ שָׂכָר לִפְעֻלָּתֵךְ נְאֻם-יְהוָה, וְשָׁבוּ מֵאֶרֶץ אוֹיֵב.15 Thus saith the LORD: Refrain thy voice from weeping, and thine eyes from tears; for thy work shall be rewarded, saith the LORD; and they shall come back from the land of the enemy.
טז וְיֵשׁ-תִּקְוָה לְאַחֲרִיתֵךְ, נְאֻם-יְהוָה; וְשָׁבוּ בָנִים, לִגְבוּלָם.16 And there is hope for thy future, saith the LORD; and thy children shall return to their own border.

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