The Slipped Disc daily comfort zone (77): God’s behind the tree

The Slipped Disc daily comfort zone (77): God’s behind the tree


norman lebrecht

May 31, 2020

Chava Alberstein taught me emotional survivor skills in the songs she selected and the way she performed them.

A child of Yiddish-speaking Holocaust survivors, she was Israel’s foremost female singer-songwriter. In 1989 her version of a Passover song (below) was banned from the local airwaves for showing empathy with the plight of Palestinians.

It was later used in a Natalie Portman film.



  • Nijinsky says:

    What a beautiful singer. Completely not forcing her voice. And what beautiful songs.

  • e.benary says:

    Thank you for bringing up Chava’s songs. She is still active and loved by many people in Israel

  • Yossi SchiffmNn says:

    Chava Alberstein version of Had Gadia was firstly used in one of the best known works of Choreographer Ohad Naharin and the BatSheva Dance Company… Personally I witnessed an event when the dance was performed at the Tel Aviv Opera House and some leading religious leaders left the auditorium until the dance was over.

  • fred says:

    Just for the record : I absolutely love Chava Alberstein but calling Israel’s foremost female singer-song writer is not fair. That medal goes to Esther Ofarim and Yaffa Yarkoni or Shoshana Damari are equally important.

  • Esther Cavett says:

    Wonderful – thanks.

    Also I found this ‘Mahler Grooves’ from NYPO very inspiring :