A video about achdus, brotherhood, and a love of Eretz Yisrael featuring the Rambam Mesivta choir, The Harmonidies, has received over 10,000 views on YouTube in less than two weeks. The song, featuring Jewish lyrics to the music of Some Nights by the band Fun, is striking a chord with an audience that is responding with ecstatic applause and tears of joy and inspiration.
The video begins with the members of Harmonidies, Captain Eric Grossman, Captain Tani Martin, Moses Bibi, Shlomo Laufer, Joseph Yizhaky, and Yossi Zimilover, posing in the same position but it transitions into them wearing different outfits. They go from being dressed in white shirts and black pants, to casual clothing, and finally wearing Israel Defense Forces T‑shirts. The idea is to have them represent the diverse Jewish groups living in Israel and worldwide. Throughout the video, pictures featuring men and women learning Torah are juxtaposed with images of Israeli soldiers wearing tefillin against a backdrop of tanks and other military vehicles.
“The message behind the video is that the people learning Torah and the people defending Israel are in fact all soldiers in Hashem’s army,” explained Rambam’s assistant principal, Hillel Goldman, the author of the song’s lyrics.
Much of the success of the video belongs to Eric Grossman, Chanani Levy, and Jonathan Deutsch, who spent countless hours finding pictures of Jewish people praying, learning, and defending the Holy Land. “The pictures are showing the oneness of Jews everywhere getting involved, whether you are learning in kollel, in the army, non-religious, Modern Orthodox . . . We are all one people,” elucidated Tani Martin.
“In the making of the video, from the very start, we all had one goal in mind: To inspire all Jews around the world that no matter how different we all are, at the end of the day, we are one nation and we all live by the spoken and unspoken motto of ‘Kol Yisrael areivim zeh l’zeh’ and the ultimate recognition that everyone in K’lal Yisrael is indeed responsible for one another,” said Eric Grossman. “And it was inspiring for us to see how true this theme is by seeing how we all came together in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and the hardships faced in the conflict with Gaza.”
“It is an uplifting, professionally made, wonderful reflection of what Rambam Mesivta stands for—and the Maccabeats should watch their backs,” joked Rambam’s principal, Rabbi Yotav Eliach, who can be seen in the video wearing his IDF gear from when he was stationed in Jericho in 1992.
The video was also a reflection of how the community of Rambam Mesivta works together for a noble common cause. The music was arranged by Rambam Gemara iyun rebbi, Rabbi Ari Boiangiu, with the help of Aryeh Kunstler. Mr. Kunstler was very generous to Rambam by allowing them the use of his studio and skills. The school’s MSG Varsity technical team, under the leadership of Jack Benzakein and Binyamin Wallin, as well at the school’s IT expert, Mr. Chanan Zupnik, allowed for a video that looks and sounds professional and reflects the vision of The Harmonidies. Additionally, special recognition has to go to Rosh Mesivta Rabbi Zev Meir Friedman and Rabbi Yotav Eliach for instilling these values into their talmidim. Judge Ronald Goldman, Eli Lava, and Dovi Cohen also assisted in this endeavor.
The video concludes with the same three pictures that started the video; however, a fourth one is added at the very end. In this photo, two of the talmidim are wearing IDF gear, two are wearing white shirts and black pants, and two are wearing regular school clothes. They are the different parts of K’lal Yisrael standing together against a backdrop of Israeli flags, united as Torah learners and defenders of Israel.
To see the video, search YouTube.com for “Some Nights Jewish Lyrics.”