Daily Israel Report

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