Aaron Razel – The Holy Hunchback

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The Holy Hunchback?
Performed and Composed by: Aaron Razel?
Based on a true story as told by Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach?
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Some years ago I was walking down a street in Tel Aviv. I saw an old man, he was sweeping the streets. His eyes were filled with grace, his body was all broken, a special light was shining from his face. I approached him and said: “Shalom Aleichem”. He replied as in the shtet’l: “Aleichem Shulem!” I continued in Yiddish: “Mein zisseh Yid”, sweet brother Jew, “would you tell me where are you from?”?
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When he said: “I’m  from Piaseczno”,  it was like a bomb went off inside me: never had I met a survivor from that town.?
“As a child, did you ever see Rebbe Klonimus Kalman?” I asked. “Of course”, he said, “one doesn’t forget his childhood Rebbe.?
When I was 11 I got to Auschwitz. They thought I was 17 and sent me to the labor camps. Now I’ve got no one. I am alone in this world.” He went on sweeping the streets.?
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“Kinderlach, tayereh zisseh kinderlach.?
Promise me you will remember this forever:?
The greatest thing in the whole wide world is to do someone else a favor.” ?
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I told him: “My friend, I heard so much of Rebbe Kalman, can you tell me some Torah wisdom you learned from him?”?
He looked at me and said: “Do you really think after Auschwitz, there is something that we still can remember? And how can I ever describe how beautifully we welcomed the Shabbat. We danced and danced all the children around the Rebbe.?
Oh yes, there is one thing I do remember he used to tell us again and again.?
I will remember this for the rest of my life! He said:”?
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“Kinderlach, tayereh zisseh kinderlach. ?
Promise me you will remember this forever:?
The greatest thing in the whole wide world is to do someone else a favor.”?
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“In the camps, when I realized my whole family was gone in flames, it was a dark night, I thought to put my life to an end. ?
Then I heard the Rebbe’s voice echoing in my ears: ‘Remember, do a favor for someone else’.?
Do you know how many favors you can do at night in Auschwitz? Broken people all around. Then more arrive. I sat all night listening, giving them empathy and love. I guess that’s how I survived.”  ?
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“Kinderlach, children oh sweet precious kinderlach.?
Promise me you will remember this forever:?
The greatest thing in the whole wide world is to do someone else a favor.”?
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“Even to this day, sometimes I feel my life has no purpose, I go into the sea, his voice comes in my ears:?
“Kinderlach, remember the greatest thing in the world!?
You know how much good the world needs today!”?
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Written and composed by Aaron Razel?
Illustrations by Josh Baum?
Based on a true story as told by Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach?
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Original story by: Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach?
Lyrics written & adapted by: Aaron Razel ?
Music composed by: Aaron Razel ?
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Musical production by: Eyal Mazig?
Musical arrangement by: Eyal Mazig & Aaron Razel?
String arrangement by: Aaron Razel ?
Piano: Aaron Razel ?
Bass & computing: Eyal Mazig

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