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A Brief History of the Inane Kars 4 Kids Jingle You Can’t Get Out of Your Head

Enjoy this spectacular article about Country Yossi's connection to one of the most pervasive earworms of our time!

 

A Brief History of the Inane Kars 4 Kids Jingle You Can't Get Out of Your Head

Atone Again (Naturally)

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As the holiest of High Holy Days approaches, we take a moment to share a bit of musical levity....

Atone Again (Naturally)

Performed by Marc Hoffman and the Bungaloafers

Lyrics © 2016 by Mike Pollock

Music by Gilbert O’Sullivan

(intro)

Oh We had Rosh Hashanah last week

And so now it's forgiveness I seek

It’s time for HaShem to once again

Reopen that book He keeps

I hope that he’ll inscribe

My name  there in-side

So like ev'ry Jew

On Yom Kippur who

Says for what I’ve done wrong I’m sorry

I’m standing in the shul, which is full of people praying

It might seem tough, but sure enough

It’s where I’ll be ohmeining

The shofar will be blown

I know I’m not alone

Atone Again, Naturally.

The Hazzan is the first to pray

With a mournful Kol Nidre

I skip drink and food, shlug kapores, too

Wear sneakers and don’t wash my face

And before the sun goes down

Five times I’ll be shteeble-bound

I’ll be davening till the evening

Though my soul is torn to pieces

All the day is spent

In repentance and confession

Tzedakah goes to those in need

Out of my posession

You know where I’ll be

This yontif join with me

Atone Again, Naturally

I start to realize

There’s a lot of awful things I’ve done

Folks I’ve offended

Though unintended

What did I do?

What did I do?

(Break)

Atone Again, Naturally

 

And so at this time ev’ry year

While it may bring a lot of tears

It keeps me and my wife in the Book of Life

With the kinderlach I hold dear

But it’s all about the soul

The spirit that keeps us whole

For we understand what Hashem commands

And He never can be forsaken

Though our year may start

With our hearts so badly broken

You’ll never hear complaints from me

When sacred prayers are spoken

For one entire day

Repent, confess and pray

Atone Again, Naturally

Atone Again, Naturally

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Twin Sons of Mixed Jewish-Arab Marriage Celebrate Their Bar Mitzvah

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Twin Sons of Mixed Jewish-Arab Marriage Celebrate Their Bar Mitzvah

Our story has a happy ending, but a very painful beginning. It starts with a Jewish woman marrying an Arab, moving in with his family and bearing him four children. Recently, the husband died of complications related to alcohol consumption, and the woman was left totally alone, abandoned by both her Jewish family and that of her Arab husband's.

The woman wanted to return to Judaism but didn't know where to begin. Her daughter came to the rescue, phoning Yad L'Achim's hotline with a plea for help.

"My mother is determined to make her way back to Judaism, despite the difficulties," she said. "She's even moved to the south of Israel to be able to raise her children in a Jewish environment so that they can grow up as faithful members of the Jewish people. But she needs help."

Yad L'Achim responded immediately, pairing the mother with one of its most experienced social workers.

"In our initial meetings, she couldn't stop talking about what she'd been through," recalls the social worker. "She spoke of a difficult childhood that led her to enter into a relationship with an Arab, about how her Jewish family severed ties with her and about the challenges of raising children by herself. I reassured her that from that day on she was beginning a new chapter in her life."

Yad L'Achim found someone in that Negev town to take the woman and her family under their wing. In addition, mentors were found for the children, including twin sons who were nearing Bar Mitzvah age.

The mentors taught the boys how to put on tefillin and how to read from the Torah. Yad L'Achim purchased tefillin of the highest standards for the boys, which they began wearing daily this week after celebrating their Bar Mitzvah. The boys read from the Torah with precision and meaning in a most moving ceremony.

The emotional highlight came when two of the boy's uncles, their mother's brothers, entered the shul to participate in the event. These brothers had joined the rest of the family in writing off their sister. But after much effort made by Yad L'Achim to get the family to reestablish ties, the brothers broke down and agreed to grace the double Bar Mitzvah with their presence.

For the mother, the celebration marked a new future for her Jewish sons and a new beginning in her efforts to reconnect to her family.

For more information visit www.yadlachim.org or info@yadlachim.org. Yad L'Achim: 4018 18th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11218. Tel: 1-866-923-5224 (1-866-YAD-LACH) Fax: (718)633-0235.

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