Words of the Week: Arik Einstein

When the news came from Israel today of the passing of Arik Einstein, I didn’t understand the magnitude of the loss. I didn’t know that Einstein was “Israel’s Sinatra,” as I read via The Times of Israel. I didn’t even know that Einstein was the source of one of the most beautiful Hebrew songs I know, “Ani v’Ata.”

Listen to the song below. The lyrics are available here.

5 thoughts on “Words of the Week: Arik Einstein

  1. Judith Pfeffer says:

    I, too, remember that song. I learned it years ago, when I and he and you and all of us were younger.

  2. Thanks for sharing, I hadn’t heard of him before.

  3. Joab Cohen says:

    Very sad day for Israeli culture. Arik was an introverted, gentle and kind soul, who would probably go unnoticed in this age of extravagance.

    p.s. I think you should change “understood” in the first line.

  4. Erika Dreifus says:

    Appreciate the comments, all. And thanks, Joab–change made!

  5. Atar Hadari says:

    I did not know he was the one who set that poem of Bialik’s. There you go, two national poets, still rocking after all these years.

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