Videos: The “Ve’afilu Be’hastarah” Phenomenon


afilu-behastarah[Multiple videos below.] The frum world has been taken by the song, Ve’afilu Be’hastarah, which is now being sung at simchos of all types, at kumzitzen, and in shuls across the world.

The song was composed by Shea Gross and Yoely Klein.

The words, from Likkutei Maharan, are:

Der Aibishter zogt unz kinderlach, “Anochi hastir astir Ponai bayom hahu,” aber der rebbe zogt, “Vafilu behastarah shebesoch hahastarah bevadai gam shom nimtza Hashem Yisborach. Gam mei’achorei hadevorim hakoshim ha’ovrim alecha ani omeid.

Hashem says (Devorim 31:18), “Anochi hastir astir Ponai bayom hahu,” but the rebbe says, “Vafilu behastarah shebesoch hahastarah bevadai gam shom nimtza Hashem Yisborach. Gam mei’achorei hadevorim hakoshim ha’ovrim alecha ani omeid.

Hashem says, “I will conceal Myself [from the Jewish people] on that day,” but the rebbe says, “Even in a concealment within a concealment, Hashem, may He be blessed, is certainly there.”

The following are various recordings of the song:

The original release:

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An Israeli TV report on the song’s popularity:

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Benny Friedman and Yedidim Choir:

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Yoely Klein and Yanky Rubin:

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Yoely Klein and Nosson Fuchs at a kumzitz:

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Meydad Tasa:
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Menachem Moskowitz and Yedidim Choir:

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Chaim Yisrael:

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Yosef Karduner:

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Rav Boruch Mordechai Ezrachi singing the song with others in the concentration camps of Europe:
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Motty Steinmetz:

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Levy Falkowitz:

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Mordechai ben David:

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Avi Ben Yisrael with Nehorai Turgeman:

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Shloime Cohen:

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Tzudik Greenwald:

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Shlomo Bruner:

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Yerachmiel Ziegler:

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Levy Falkowitz and Shira Choir:
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Berry Weber and Nosson Fuchs:

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Duddy Feldman:

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At a wedding:

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  1. Can someone please explain why this is sung at every wedding I’ve been at recently? Tzaros don’t belong at a simcha (and no snarky jokes about what the chosson is getting himself into please).

    Its a beautiful and moving song-just not for a wedding.

  2. Nice warm song. But two things:

    1. R’ Nachman there (?????? ????”?, ?”?, ??) is making a point that the double Hastarah is when you don’t even see any Hastarah. So when things are hard – that’s one Hastarah, and when everything is so great and natural that you don’t even feel that you’re missing Hashem – that’s the second Hastarah, ?”?.

    So the second part: ?? ?????? ?????? ?????… doesn’t really match R’ Nachmans point.

    2. The idea itself that even when Hashem is hidden he’s still there, isn’t R’ Nachman’s Chidush. That’s the plain P’shat in the Posuk! if something is hidden means that it’s there… R’ Nachman’s point was the explanation above.

  3. vus a chilik…..just enjoy the beauty of this song.
    Stirs the heart…seems like everyone is taken with it for a reason. Song is from the soul….so think about that…