Ahavat Olam

Real Estate Agent with Jameson Sotheby's International Realty

I know that most of you won't understand the words... heck, I needed the translation in order to understand what they were saying.  This is a traditional Hebrew prayer... part of the standard Shabbat service, sung beautifully by the brothers Platt (Henry, Ben and Jonah).  If the name Ben Platt sounds somewhat familiar, it may be because he originated the title role from the Broadway Musical "Dear Evan Hansen".  Ben in the one in the white overalls.

So, why am I posting this here, when it's highly unlikely that most of you will understand it?  Well, music tends to transcend all... beautiful music, is beautiful music (yes, you can quote me).  Most of the beautiful religious music we hear in the U.S. tends to be Christian... beautiful Christmas carols and songs... (many of them written by Jewish writers, songwriters ... White Christmas was written by Irving Berlin, Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer by Johnny Marks, The Christmas Song (chestnuts roasting...) by Robert Wells and Mel Tormé, Let it Snow by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne... well, you get the idea)... so I like to highlight when we find a beautiful Jewish song.  I hope you enjoy it.

So the actual translation for this beautiful prayer is: "You have loved the house of Israel with Eternal Love. Torah and Commandments, Statutes, and Laws you have taught us. Therefore, Adonai our God, in our lying down and rising up, we will meditate on your statutes, and rejoice in the words of your Torah and your commandments forever and ever. For they are our lives and the length of our days, and we will meditate upon them day and night."

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 ALAN MAY, Realtor®   
Specializing in Evanston Real Estate and North Shore Real Estate

Jameson Sotheby's International Realty, 2934 Central Street, Evanston, IL 60201
Office: 847.869.7300      Cell: 847.924.3313      Email: Almay@aol.com

Evanston Real Estate & North Shore Real Estate
Licensed in Illinois



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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Alan. When you are right you are right. Beautiful music is beautiful music. Enjoy your day!

Apr 30, 2020 06:16 AM #1
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks, Alan, for sharing this video. I enjoyed the listening experience.

Apr 30, 2020 06:21 AM #2
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Alan - Thanks for sharing with us.  I am Episcopalian so you have given me an opportunity to experience a wonderful culture and music a bit different from - but connected to-  my own.

Apr 30, 2020 06:50 AM #3
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Thank you, thank you, thank you, that was so beautiful to hear, loved it, may have to repost it as part of my music series.

Apr 30, 2020 08:44 AM #4
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Being a non-Broadway musical kind of guy (I tend to have trouble understanding sung lyrics), I typically don't know who has the musicals there, other than that guy with the Hamilton play :)  But this is two days in a row I've seen a reference to Dear Evan Hansen. 

Pandora spun up Talking Heads Once In  A Lifetime for me this morning.  It could be the theme song for quarantine life :)

Apr 30, 2020 08:52 AM #5
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

glad you shared it.  And yes music does really transend a lot of differences and even languages.

Apr 30, 2020 05:06 PM #6
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Alan- I have no idea what they're saying but the music speaks to my heart. 

Apr 30, 2020 08:00 PM #7
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi Alan, Thanks for sharing this beautiful musical experience.  Very nice to hear.

Apr 30, 2020 08:38 PM #8
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Hi, Alan. I like to visit one place in Phoenix - the entrance welcomes yu with the words: "Music is the language of the soul". We often don't understand the words but we feel the music. 

May 02, 2020 04:57 PM #9
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

The brothers usually know what they’re doing and I trust the whole vibe of it all. :)

May 05, 2020 09:51 PM #10
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