Avraham Fried with the soldiers
Avraham Fried with the soldiersHaim Twito

Chabad-Lubavitch singer Avraham Fried came to Israel from New York, to support the evacuees and the families of those murdered in the October 7 massacre, as well as to visit hospitals and the Shura Camp, where work to identify the remains of the murdered is ongoing.

In an interview with Kan Moreshet, Fried said, "Music is the answer to good situations and situations that are less good. This is a heavenly gift, which gives some strength to rise above the current situation, and reach and aspire to something more spiritual."

Fried admitted that, "For forty years I haven't felt that the gift of song, which I received, was such a great merit. This was an amazing merit, to be together with people who saw things that no one should ever have to see in their lifetime. They were broken, and the atmosphere was very difficult. I didn't even know what I could say or sing in such a situation. But the power of song simply relieved their broken hearts and strengthened them. In the end, we sang together and we even danced. We left the pain and sorrow a bit. We sang songs that gave strength, songs of prayer, and most of all, I asked the Creator of the World to do good for the nation of Israel and to put an end to our sorrows."

"Every open miracle and every tragedy unites us. We prefer that miracles unite us. We have been through enough tragedies. I say, that that morning we came to the synagogue dressed for the holiday and Shabbat, ready to dance with the Creator and the Torah - and suddenly the plans changed. The day of joy turned into a black day. And so we ask G-d - You owe us the dancing - we want to dance this dance together with Moshiach (the Messiah -ed.). We don't want to dance with broken hearts anymore - we want a dance of joy, and that we shouldn't ever stop dancing afterwards."

When asked about the wave of antisemitism in the US, and his personal thoughts on it, Fried said, "I don't remember such a wave of antisemitism and worry. There is even a bit of fear. We see the hatred and we feel it. We knew that it existed, but now the hatred is open - and I hope that the government here is thinking a lot about what to do. We must legislate new laws against harming Jews. I hope that the US government will open its eyes, before it is too late and the situation has spun out of control."

When asked if there are people who are planning on emigrating to Israel due to the situation, he said, "I think that there are Jews who, in light of the situation, are weighing immigrating to Israel. There are many who feel that now they have received the sign to immigrate to Israel. Not just from the US - from London, France, Belgium - who feel very well the severity of the situation."