By Sruly Meyer – COLlive
When tragedy strikes, music is an avenue that tends to our emotions in a way that words can’t. It helps us process the pain, and inspires us to move past it to a better day.
Since the horrific attacks in Israel on October 7th, there are a number of unique, soul-stirring songs that have found their way into our hearts and playlists.
Eyal Golan – Am Yisroel Chai
Eyal Golan has produced some of the Jewish world’s most well-known songs. (The hugely popular song Mi Shema’amin is his creation). Golan released Am Yisroel Chai two weeks after October 7th and it quickly went viral, racking up over 12 million views on YouTube. It has become one of the most used songs on social media when referencing Israel at War.
Eli Keshet Feat. Shwekey – Am Echad
Released just one month after the attacks, producer Eli Keshet brought together many Jewish artists from different backgrounds to display the incredible achdus shown by Am Yisroel all over the world. The song Am Echad features artists Offir Cohen, Yoav Itzhak, Amri Sasson, and Yaakov Shwekey and the music video has already reached close to 1 million views on Youtube.
Shuli Rand – Gam Ki Eilech
Like many Israeli artists, Shuli Rand has been singing at army bases and other venues all over Israel since the start of the war, mourning with families who lost loved ones and comforting families of hostages. His experiences inspired him to release a new song called Gam Ki Eilech, together with producer Stav Bagar and composing artist Ori Koltuv.
Benny Friedman – Lo Lefached
If you saw a video on social media recently with the soundtrack Am Yisrael Chai, chances are it was the new rendition released by Benny Friedman. This past month, Benny also released Lo Lefached, meant to inspire and uplift Am Yisroel in this difficult time. Accompanied by a dynamic music video, this song is quickly finding its place on playlists and music scenes all over the world. The song was composed by Yitzchok Rosenthal with lyrics by Miriam Israeli.
Zalman Pollack – Am Hanetzach
His name might sound new, but Zalman Pollack has been releasing singles for several years already. This song, released in mid-November, has been getting a lot of playtime on the Jewish radio charts. “This is a great song that has really resonated with listeners. We have been getting many requests for this song on the show,” said Yossi Zweig of The Z Report, airing on the Nachum Segal Network weekly.
“The song focuses on our strength, unity, and ever-lasting glory,” said Pollack. “Instead of remaining victims, we have become soldiers. The world can see that we are a nation that is mighty; A nation that is eternal; A nation that is not afraid. Let’s proudly stand together and proclaim, “Am Hanetzach Lo Mefached!” The song was composed by Pollack and produced by Aryeh Kunstler.
Speaking of Aryeh Kunstler, he also released a song called “In The Light “, which was a joint project with Thank You Hashem Nation. It was produced and arranged by Mendy Portnoy.