The Human Side of the Story

For the week ending 1 March 2008 / 24 Adar I 5768

Playing My Song

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
Library Library Library

"Harei Yehuda" is the name of an album dedicated to the music of Yehuda Gilden and serves as a heartwarming example of what Jews are prepared to do for one another.

A gifted pianist, composer and vocalist, Yehuda spent several years at Yeshivat Ohr Somayach before returning to his native Toronto with his family. He quickly became a fixture of Toronto's Jewish music scene and remained so for over twenty years, entertaining at happy occasions and teaching Jewish music to thousands of local children.

Several years ago he was stricken with Parkinson's disease and had to abandon his regular activities. In the summer of 2006 his friends and co-workers in the field of Jewish music initiated a project to help Yehuda help himself. Some of the top names in Jewish music contributed their efforts to recording Yehuda's compositions. The magnificent album they produced includes a 19-minute long video documentary describing how all of this was accomplished. Everyone who purchases "Harei Yehuda" is in for a special musical treat and a heartwarming exposure to Jewish camaraderie.

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