Monday, January 04, 2016

Dov Shurin Discusses his Song "Zochreini Na" (Hebrew)

Dov Shurin is interviewed on the London and Kirschenbaum show on Israel Channel 10, broadcast on December 31, 2015. In the interview Dov Shurin shares how he composed the melody of Zachreini Na, and shares his insights regarding the people who danced to the song at a wedding.

וָיִּקְרָא שִׁמְשׁוֹן אֶל ה' וַיֺאמַר, ה' אֶלֺקִים, זָכְרֵנִי נָא וְחַזְּקֵנִי נָא אַךְ הַפַּעַם הַזֶּה, הָאֶלֺקִים, וְאִנָּקְמָה נְקַם-אַחַת מִשְּׁתֵּי עֵינַי מִפְּלִשְׁתִּים
שופטים טז כח

"Shimshon (Samson) called out to Hashem (God) and said 'Hashem Elokim! Remember me and strengthen me just this one time, O G-d, and I will exact vengeance from the Plishtim (Philistines) for one of my two eyes'."
Shoftim/Judges 16:28

A word from Dov: "Shimshon Hagibor was left helpless. The Plishtim had cut off his hair and gouged out his eyes. He was forced into entertaining thousands of people who couldn't wait to see him die. At this point Shimshon demonstrated for us a big yesod in Yiddishkeit; he cried out to Hashem. The situation was hopless! He had no strength and was totally vulnerable but he knew the truth. He knew that everything is from Hashem. He knew that he could be the weakest of the weak, but with Hashem's help anything is possible. According to nature there was no way he could have pulled down those pillars holding up thousands of cheering Plishtim! But Shimshon knew that there is no such thing as nature. Hashem defines reality and He can portray it however He pleases. So Shimshon asked Hashem for strength to exact vengeance from the Plishtim, and Hashem came through.

We all have our situations where we feel like a Shimshon; tied in chains, totally hopeless. But if we stop and think we will realize that it is never hopeless. Hashem is always there waiting for us to cry out to him! There is nothing He can't Help us with! Whether its a tough Tosfos, shidduch, or illness, Hashem has the answers. All we have to do is put our trust in Him. "Karov Hashem l'chol kor'av, l'chol asher yik'riuhu b'emes." Close is Hashem to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him sincerely."

Like the Magid Me'Mezritch says: There are three things we can learn from babies: They're always happy, they never sit idle, and when they want something- they cry for it."

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