Tuesday, May 12, 2009

"Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent."

The day that David was Niftar, I called Brian and told him that I really wanted to do something for David, something special to remember him forever. For me, music is the most powerful thing in the world. Music has the ability to take a person back to times they never thought they would remember and, even more so, to times they never want to forget. I told Brian that I thought the most powerful thing we could do was to write a song in David’s memory. Brian had already started writing a song for David the night before and, that night, he came to my house where we finished writing the song together. Brian chose the words "Acheinu Kol Beis Yisrael" specifically because of what David did in the last week of his life, pulling together thousands of Jews from all over the world to learn Torah and say Tehillim.

The words of the song literally mean “Our brothers the whole house of Israel, who are in distress and captivity, who wander over sea and over land -- may God have mercy on them, and bring them from distress to comfort, from darkness to light, from slavery to redemption, now, swiftly, and soon.” To us, the song has a dual message. On the one hand, it reflects the outpouring of support from so many types of Jews all across the world, an outpouring that reflects how special David truly was. Acheinu is also a Tefillah. It is a prayer to Hashem that He should end all of our suffering and speedily bring us the Ultimate Redemption. We hope this song will be an inspiration for everyone to follow in David’s ways, continuing to bring Klal Yisrael together.

Steven Genachowski and Brian Koegel

To download the song, Click Here

We apologize for the poor quality of the recording. The song, in its current format, has been recorded on a Mac computer. We hope to re-record it in a professional studio shortly.


  1. Kudos guys, because the song is really nice!

  2. Beautiful Song!

    Thank you to everyone who came and participated in tonight's meaningful and entertaining event. Thanks to Marc Salem and all of your efforts we were able to raise $1,600+ for the Sefer Torah fund. Yasher Koach, and may we be successful in similar ventures in the future.

  3. The song is beautiful....you should sent it to Jeremy Jozef to play at Camp Morasha this summer, where David spent many summers.

  4. amazing tefilah/ shirah to the Ribono Shel Olam!!!!!!

  5. You should put up a counter so everyone can see how much money has been raised for the sefer torah.