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June 15, 2009



The fact that it's a triumpant march is very telling.

Over in Slabodka, R' Avram Elya Kaplan had a penchant for writing anthems as well.

Is it just a sign of the times, or does it say something about the feel of the mussar movement in particular?


Neil Harris

Thank you for linking.
I think these recordings add a long-lost dimension to the mesorah of Mussar. If you have not had the zechus of beings near someone connected to Kelm, Slabodka, or Novardhok, the passion/feeling of true Mussar doesn't always translate or transfer on the written page.


Dear Avakesh -

Thanks for the post, and your nice comments. I am the one who wrote the review.

I urge anyone interested to get their hands on it. It is of very high quality, in more ways than one. While the recording by Avakesh gives a small taste, the CD (or cassette) is a great deal stronger, as much is lost in translation, among other things.

I have exposed authorities to it and they were very impressed. Biezras Hashem, I hope more can/will be done to get more people exposed to it.

Parenthetically, I think there is a negative stereotype re Novhardokers that is making this harder. Namely, that they went into food stores (or was it drugstores asking for nails, and things like that. Some think of them as way out whackos, based on the above and other things they have heard. Personally, I wonder if the masses of Novhardoker students did such things. Perhaps just a relatively small number did.

Anyway, this new musical release has appeal to Yidden in general. Though there are Novhardok specific themes in some songs, overall, I would say that the release is 'shoveh lichol nesfesh' (having appeal to all). Even if some of the lyrics or songs have more narrow appeal, others touch on broader themes. So if what you read here has intrigued you and aroused your interest, check it out!


P.S. Thanks to Neil and all the others helping spread the word!


Is it possible to buy this CD, MP3 thru Internet or Galpaz or other shops etc. in Israel?

I live in Europe, that's why I am interested.

Thanx a lot


Dovid -

Just saw your comment.

I don't think stores carry it, but who knows.

It was produced in Eretz Yisroel and there is a phone number for Eretz Yisroel in the booklet that accompanies the CD. I'm sure that if you would call the mispar telefon above, they would give you the EY number.

Where in Europe are you? France perhaps?



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