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[FIRST ON VIN NEWS] Avraham Fried Shares Origin Of Song Lyrics

by Jewish Music Reporter May 16, 2012

from VIN News by Sandy Eller

New York – The lyrics of a recently released song by superstar Avraham Fried have become the subject of internet buzz ( see original post here) in recent days as word comes that the lyrics in question were actually brought to one of today’s foremost gedolim in order to ascertain their origin.

According to Israeli news source B’Chadrei Chareidim, a Bnei Brak school was planning on basing its end of year production on the words of the song Kach Es Sheli from Avraham Fried’s recently released Keep Climbing album. School officials questioned the source of the lyrics, which state that the third Bais Hamikdash will be built by the tears of Klal Yisroel, and elected to take their question to Reb Chaim Kanievsky, asking him if the lyrics were of midrashic origin.

While R’ Kanievsky responded that the words did not come from any midrash, he suggested that perhaps they were brought out by some other individual.

In an effort to shed light on the matter, VIN News reached out to Fried to find out more about Kach Es Sheli, which was composed by, and features the lyrics of, Yuval Shtupel and was originally recorded by Israeli singer Yisroel Parnes.

In fact, the lyrics are based on the words of the Chasam Sofer as quoted in Sefer Ohel Moshe, according to Fried.

“A friend of mine sent me a quote in the name of the Chasam Sofer, where he writes that every tear we shed helps build the Bais Hamikdosh,” Fried told VIN News.

Ohel Moshe brings down a question in the name of the Chasam Sofer asking if all the tears that have been shed over the Churban Bais Hamikdash over the past 2000 years have been wasted, given that we are still waiting for the coming of Moshiach. The Chasam Sofer replies that although we know that the third Bais Hamikdash will be constructed out of fire and will descend from the heavens, it is our tears that create each and every stone of the celestial Bais Hamikdash, so clearly the tears that have been shed over the last 2000 years have not gone to waste.

Additionally, Fried pointed to another source that brings out the concept of our tears being the literal building blocks of the Bais Hamikdash.

“There is also a quote in the same Sefer from the Shla Hakadosh who writes that the reason that we push Tisha B’Av off to Sunday if it falls out on Shabbos is because it is our tears that build the Mikdosh. Since Tisha B’Av is a time for tears and the melacha of building (boneh) is forbidden on Shabbos, Tisha B’Av cannot be observed on Shabbos because the tears that we shed are the literal building blocks of the Bais Hamikdash,” explained Fried.

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