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      Song Commemorates Murdered Family, Salutes Surviving Daughter

      Israeli singer Amir Benayun and the Itamar children's choir record touching song to strengthen Tamar Fogel.
      By Elad Benari
      First Publish: 4/11/2011, 5:45 AM / Last Update: 4/12/2011, 12:15 AM

      Popular Israeli singer Amir Benayun recently got together with the children’s choir of Itamar and recorded with them a special song, which he composed for the observance of 30 days since five members of the Fogel family were murdered by terrorists in their Itamar home on March 11.

      The song is called “Hitna’ari” (Shake yourself free), a phrase taken from the L’cha Dodi prayer sung on Friday evenings and which was used by Yochai Ben Yishai, brother of victim Ruth Fogel, during his eulogy at the funeral. The song is dedicated to the Fogels’ daughter, Tamar Fogel, who survived the terror attack.

      One of the members of the choir was 11-year-old Yoav Fogel, brother of Tamar and one of those killed in the attack. The choir has been renamed Pirchei Yoav (Yoav’s flowers) in his memory.

      Lyrics (translated from Hebrew):

      You are tired
      Two thousand reasons to cry
      You are sad
      There is no drought year from tears
      You are desperate
      When you try to just talk
      You become silent
      When you have no brother, when you have no friend..
       
      Shake yourself free, rise from the dust
      Dress in your garments of splendor
      I am a grain of sand
      I passed with you all your wanderings
      Shake yourself free and live in your blood
       
      You are tired
      And must stay and guard
      You are sad
      You did not want to be a hero at all
      You do not give up
      Even when there is no house to go back to
      You insist
      And scream and whisper a prayer
       
      Shake yourself free, rise from the dust
      Dress in your garments of splendor
      I am a grain of sand
      I passed with you all your wanderings
      Shake yourself free and live in your blood