Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The Japan Video

In an effort to raise both funds and awareness for two Israeli young men who are still being held in a Japanese prison almost three years after unknowingly bringing drugs into the country, Danny Finkleman, producer of the Unity project to benefit Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin, has created another stunning music video, this one featuring two of the top names in Jewish music, superstars Shloime Daskal and Avraham Fried.

The Japan Song is a remake of the Dveykus 2 classic, In A Vinkele, later re-recorded as Tatte by Yaakov Shwekey, featuring all new lyrics by Moti Ilowitz and Moshe Kravitsky in both English and Yiddish. Filmed on two continents, much of the footage for the moving video was filmed at the Chiba Detention Center where the two are being held, only days before Japan was devastated by an earthquake-tsunami combination that claimed the lives of thousands.

The seven minute long video describes the plight of Yoel Zev Goldberg and Yaakov Yosef Greenwald, who are imprisoned in Japan after suitcases that they were carrying for someone else were found to contain drugs. The two, who passed polygraph tests, have long protested their innocence and a third young man, Yosef Bando, has already been released. Produced and directed by Finkelman in conjunction with Teltech Entertainment, The Japan Song is sponsored by the Aaron Teitelbaum Orchestra and Hitech Merchant Services, with musical production by Eli Lishinsky and Nir Graf and cinematography by Mauricio Arenas and De Grupo Films.

While filming in Japan, Daskal and Finkelman had the opportunity to spend thirty minutes with each of the two young men. Meeting them and spending time at the Chiba Detention Center left Daskal and Finkelman feeling even more inspired than ever to do whatever they could to help the pair.

"While I was impressed with the good nature of the Japanese people and their respect for us as Jews," said Finkelman, "it was heartbreaking to realize that despite the fact that these two young men are imprisoned just a few feet away from each other, they are kept separated and have not spoken to each other for almost three years. While so many of us pray for the welfare of these two young men, it is important that we remember them both with prayers and the donations that are so desperately needed to fund their defense."

Please note: The Tzunami footage in the clip was implemented as a sign of solidarity with the tragedy that struck the great Japanese nation.




Learn more at: The Japan Song

10 comments:

  1. The song made me cry. Their (the Bochurim's) whole unfortuneate & desperate plight just really tugs at the heartstrings. It made me think (altho its NO picnic in the park for them whatsoever & not to take the spotlight off their horrid & horrendous postion they're in) perhaps their whole reason for them being there is to elevate the Kedusha in Japan. We as human beings can't understand why, but we cannot question the ways of Hashem.

    May Yaakov Yosef & Yoel Zev have immediate Rachamei Shomayim to be immediately freed & released from their hell hole & be back with their families in Eretz HaKodesh together with all of Klal Yisroel.

    Please keep Davening for & giving Tzedakkah in the Zechus of Yaakov Yosef Ben Reizel & Yoel Zev Ben Mirel Risa Chava! May we hear good tidings sooner than soon.

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  2. Thank you for sharing this immensely inspiring video. Although I've heard the song before, probably years ago, applying it to this situation is very apt. I wish to share this on my facebook page, but not without your wonderful explanation. I don't want it to be hanging there in mid-air without people understanding the context. Otherwise, it does not raise awareness. Firstly, do I have your permission? Secondly, what's the best way to do it? Thank you Devorah.

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  3. You don't need my permission....thanks for asking anyway. I am sure they just want to create awareness so it's welcome to be posted on any site. The explanation I blogged above came from their YouTube upload.

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  4. Does anyone know when the two boys were to be sentenced? I thought it was about now....two weeks after their earthquake.

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  5. Devorah Designs,
    Yes I believe you're right. Roughly sometime round about now or the next week or two.

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  6. Devorah Designs,
    One of the boys Yaakov Yosef Ben Raizel had his hearing 2 days ago (monday 28 March 2011). The verdict is set for May 16.

    All are asked to continue davening for Yaakov Yosef ben Raizel and Yoel Zev ben Mirel Risa Chava and learning Torah in their zechus

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  7. Closing arguments for Yoel Zev ben Mirel Risa Chava are set for April 5.

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  8. Thank you Shirat Devorah. I posted it to my FaceBook. We hope for their freedom B"H soon. Maybe with what's going on now in Japan there will be a new consciousness in the air.

    Best Wishes,
    Choni

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  9. [quoting Matzav]

    Yakov Yosef was in good spirits. He related how during the earthquake on erev Shabbos March 11, the entire detention centre shook like a boat. The initial shocks and the subsequent powerful aftershocks lasted up to 2 hours.
    “The entire prison was in a frenzy. Screams could be heard from all the cells. Prison staff donned protective headgear and immediately fled the building to safety. I felt like Yonah on the boat. The prison building shook violently like a boat during a gale force storm on high seas.
    “Yakov Yosef added: “The gemara in Berochos daf 59 tells us, that when Jewish children are held in captivity, Hashem kaveyochol drops two tears into the ocean thereby causing an earthquake. This equates to the tsunami Japan have experienced.”
    Yakov Yosef expounded on this, citing the Mahrsho in Maseches Chagiga on the issue of Bechirah klapei Shmayoh.

    http://matzav.com/verdict-for-yaakov-yosef-in-japan-set-for-may-16

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