With the Yom Tov of Rosh Hashana just around the corner, the emotion and inspiration floods my mind and my soul. We beg and plead with Hashem, “Zachreinu L`Chaim” – remember us for life. Those two words carry so much power. And after a year like we just had, I have never felt the impact of these words more. The power that we hold on this day is tremendous. We have a chance now to beg and plead with Hashem, our father, who loves us, to grant us with life. When I sang these words, I broke down in tears from the intensity of the emotion.
But it`s so much more than just asking Hashem to grant us physical life. We are asking Him to bless us with our definition of “Chaim” – “life”, whether it may be peace of mind, fertility, emotional stability, mental health, a shidduch, happiness – whatever we may be hoping and longing for. This is the day where Hashem decides what kind of “life” each and every one of us will have during this upcoming year. Initially, the thought of that is overwhelming.
But as I began to explore this beautiful tefila, I noticed something so calming that changed my entire mindset. We don`t belong to a kingdom where our king sits and judges us as a dictator. On the contrary, Hashem is a “Melech Chafetz Bachaim – A king that desires life for each of us”. Hashem wants us to be blessed with life just as much as want it for ourselves. He is “Avinu Malkeinu” – our father and our king, and He loves us more than we can possibly imagine. When I thought about this, I was filled with a sense of peace and comfort.
The power of this day is tremendous. Use this time and this tefila to ask Hashem for what you hope for and so strongly desire. Remember that not only is He listening, he is “Melech Chafetz Bachaim”, and He is on our side.
Music is the language of the Neshama and helps us connect to Hashem on a deeper level. I know from experience how it can sometimes touch us in a way that nothing else can. I daven that this song touches each and every one of you and brings you into Rosh Hashana with a renewed sense of inpiration.
May Hashem bless all of us with a Kesiva Vachasima Tova, a Shana Tova Umesuka, and may he remember us all for life.
שתחדש עלנו שנה טובה ומתוקה!
Sung by: Shaindy Plotzker
Song composed and produced by: Eli Gerstner
English lyrics by: Shaindy Plotzker
Originally recorded by: The Chevra
Originally arranged by: Yisroel Lamm
Video director: Samuel Bouret,
Laibel Schwartz Production
Creative director: Esty Blaustein
Adult choir: Yaeli Adar, Esther Hindy, Leedor Lebovits, Shaindy Plotzker, Shoshana Zelcer
Special thank you to the Zaks family, Esty Blaustein and the Blaustein family, Eli Gerstner, the Plotzker family, Bracha Jaffe, Laibel Schwartz Productions, Samuel Bouret, and Khal Zichron Mordechai.