Friday, March 31, 2006

Ari Boiangiu

I initially read about Ari Boiangiu in a posting from MOChassid. A few days later, I heard Ari perform on the Nachum Segal Show and immediately bought his new CD after he performed his live version of my favorite niggun; Kumi Roni.

I have already listened to this CD a few times and am greatly impressed with the high caliber of musicianship. Besides Kumi Roni, my favorite songs on this CD are Ma Gadlu, and Ana Hashem.

In an e-mail correspondence with Ari this week, I asked him why he chose to cover Kumi Roni; a niggun that dates back to the Maggid of Mezeritch and whose words come from Megillas Eichah. Ari responded, "I feel all 3 parts build flow and build from one to the next, which in my mind was reminiscent of someone beginning the long path of teshuva back to God. In fact, the words taken from Eicha (as explained by the Targum) are really Hashem's call to us to return to him with Torah and Tefila - it's this Targum that moved me to call the album Rosh Ashmurot, when the gates of teshuva are open."

Luckily, I have another 13 days to listen to this new CD before Sefira....

(Click on the image above for more sample tracks on Ari Boiangiu's CD)


At April 3, 2006 at 12:09:00 AM EDT, Blogger ron said...

simple, I got to your site by another :

I've read some of your postings, and I have to tell you - I love you brother! You make me so happy with your writings. I don't mean to get weird by saying that, it's just I am very inspired by your honest faith in the Chassidic masters.

I would like to add something to this post:

You say it hard for you to deal with what Reb Baruch said to your ancestors, and you were not sure why. Let me offer one possible answer. We know that the rebuke of the wise is better than the kisses of an enemy, right?

You remind me of what Avigdor Miller zt'l said "one doesn't use a broom to sweep harlem". The anger or seeming disparagement that Reb Baruch displayed wasn't to put your ancestors down, it was to wake them up to be the awesome super cool Jews only they could become.

Like it says in Masechta Brachos, that a bad dream is actually a good thing for the righteous, because it inspires them to do Tshuva.

Anyway, that's what I think.



At April 3, 2006 at 6:22:00 AM EDT, Blogger A Simple Jew said...

Ron: Thanks for your comments. I always appreciate feedback on my blog. Thank you as well for your insight on my posting on Rebbe Baruch of Medzhebuz.


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