Shir Shel Shavua : Issue 31

February 9, 2024

Invincible Spirit

Neshama Carlebach is an award-winning singer, songwriter, and educator who has performed and taught in cities around the world. Amazingly, Neshama and her sons will join us at CBIOTP this Shabbat.

A winner and four-time nominee in the Independent Music Awards for her most current release, Believe, and winner of the Global Music Awards Silver Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Vocalist for the album, Neshama has sold over one million records, making her one of today’s best-selling Jewish artists in the world.

In the aftermath of the October 7th attacks, Neshama brought thousands of people together throughout the New York metro area for concerts that have raised over $600,000 for Israel. But that was not enough for Neshama. Yearning to inspire further prayer and healing, Neshama has released a new song and accompanying video - Invincible Spirit.

In the wake of the horrors of October 7th, Neshama determined that this moment called for a new interpretation of Am Yisrael Chai, which has usually been sung up-tempo, with excitement. Neshama felt a new interpretation - a slower battle march - emerging, oneone that embodied the intensity and rhythm inspired by young Israeli soldiers.

Yet Neshama felt that something essential was still missing. The scale of the loss has been too immense. Too many sisters and brothers, grandchildren, and spouses are waiting and praying for their loved ones to come home from captivity and battle. For them, Neshama added Shomer Yisrael (“Protector of Israel”), a prayer for when it feels like the world is collapsing, a plea to heaven for protection for our family against harm.

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