Baruch Levine: Vezakeini Brought Father and Son Together


Baruch Levine has composed dozens of songs, but his most popular hit is surely Vezakeini. The Israeli Kikar HaShabbat site published an interview yesterday with Baruch about his newest album, Bonim Atem, and discussed various music-related topics with him.

“My connection to music began from an early age,” said Baruch, who lived in Toronto in his youth and gave credit to Abie Rotenberg for giving him “my first opportunity as a childhood soloist on the song Hamalach Hagoel.”

Boruch, who serves as a rebbi in Waterbury, Connecticut, in a neighborhood of about 200 Jewish families, shared some enlightening observations and thoughts, but perhaps the most outstanding was a story about “a father who had not spoken to his son for a long time,” but at the Siyum Hashas, after Baruch sang Vezakeini for the crowd of 100,000 people, “the father and son hugged each other.”

Baruch shared that it took him about 10 minutes to write Vezakeini, a household favorite today.

David Steger – Israel