Online Concert
4 Chapters

4 Prayers

One Night
Thursday, Tu B’Shvat, January 28th, 2021
A prayer for nature, for the trees, for the fruits, a song celebrating the fragile renewal that follows the long, cold winter nights
Ehud Banai
The Piyut Ensemble by the Ben-Zvi institute
Victoria Hanna
Maya Belsitzman
The Great Gehenna Choir
Nadav Halperin
Photo: Yvonne Kahn
Chapter 1

Songs of Earth, Love, and Salvation

The Piyut Ensemble by the Ben-Zvi institute

At its core, Tu B’Shvat is a holiday expressing the connection between humanity and the Earth.

The music of the Piyut Ensemble creates a new language, emerging from the Earth and enrichening our lives. Energetic group singing, seeking to awaken the body and the spirit. This spirit seeks to plant roots in the desert sands, a yearning search for a new home. These new songs have ripened over the past few months and are now sprouting from the Earth. The concert will also include original performances of old Hebrew songs and the Tu B’Shvat piyutim of the Ben Ish Chai.

The Piyut Ensemble by the Ben-Zvi institute:

Vocals and Palmas – Yosef Abehsira, Hertzel Amouyal, Shlomi Ben-Lulu, Raphaël Bensoussan, Eliyahou Edrei, Yehuda Edrei, Yair Harel, Avraham Cohen, Simon Cohen, Neriah Moyal, Netanel Zaguri.

Oud, guembri, vocals – Niro Abeksis

Guitars – Eliyahu Dagmi

Ney, vocals -Hanani Zait

Percussion – Lev Elman, Hillel Amsalem, David Dagmi

Musical Director – Yair Harel

General and Artistic Management – Avraham Cohen

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Photo of Maya Belzitzman: Yoel Levy | Photo of Victoria Hanna: Hai Afik
Chapter ב

The Tree of Life – Woman’s Prayer to the Trees

Victoria Hanna, Maya Belsitzman and String Quartet

Now, the trees are waking from their slumber and becoming fertile, sprouting new creation, and seeking life. Female voices in an ancient prayer of renewal.

Drums and Percussion – Matan Ephrat

First Violin – Tali Goldberg

Second Violin – Sharon Cohen

Viola –Shuli Waterman

Vocals, Cello and Arrangements – Maya Belsitzman

Vocals – Victoria Hana

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Photo: Yasmin Lahav
Chapter 3

Night of Land

The Great Gehenna Choir

On the night of the full moon, wrapped in the shrouds of winter, we turn toward the living seed, to the beating core. We hope to plant the future, to ask, to mourn, and to praise the forces of nature and to celebrate humanity’s journey within it. The choir’s works entwine vocal ritual with a space for reflection in the light of the new moon.

The Great Gehenna Choir is a collective, founded in 2015, by the Ma’amuta Art and Research Center and Noam Inbar.

Choir Members:

Avner M. Amit, Amit Fishbein, Alexander Fisz, Anat Handelsman, Dor Magen, Elana Snitman, Ella Daniel, Gidon Levi, Ido Akov, Laila Mazal Yenishen, Michal Tamari, Noam Ahdut, Noam Enbar, Natan Skop, Netta Spiegel, Ruth Danon, Tamara Nishri, Tamir Friedrich, Sapir Rosenblatt, Shiri Riseman.

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Photo: Eldad Shushan
Chapter 4

Ever Approaching

Ehud Banai

Tu B’Shvat, January 2021. A time of uncertainty, distancing, and separation. Humanity searches for redemption. The Land of Israel is also searching for redemption, and today more than ever. Ehud Banai continues his journey, searching for the first blossoms of redemption, getting closer to his roots, to all of our roots.

Musical Production and Bass – Gil Smetana

Drums – Eran Porat

Guitars – Nushi Paz

Acoustic Guitar - Zion Mizrahi

Percussion and Sampler – Elad Cohen-Bonen

Keyboard – Bill Tsur

Guitars, Harmonica, Vocals – Ehud Banai

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Long winter nights; nature is revived, internally, and hidden from sight. Sap rises in the trees; the life cycle of earth and humanity begins again. Flowers blossom, new songs ring out; a human prayer giving thanks to nature, for fruit, for the renewal in long nights and cold days.
There was a time here in the Land of Israel, when Tu B’Shvat marked the New Year for the Trees, and the source of mitzvot connected to the Land. With the exile from the Land, the connection to the earth was broken. Tu B’Shvat shifted from an agricultural to a Halakhic holiday, and steadily gathered mystical meanings and Kabbalistic customs, including the festive and intentional eating of fruit. We developed a seder for the night of Tu B’Shvat, together with the longing and prayer for the earth and fruit of the Land of Israel. Then came Zionism, transforming the old Hassidic melodies, the niggunim, to new songs of halutzim, pioneers. Tu B’Shvat again became a holiday for the trees, focused on planting and the renewed connection with the Land. And now, we find ourselves in a time when humanity and nature are growing apart, and nature is calling out for us. Tu B’Shvat during the Coronavirus pandemic is a time for self-examination, reflection, and prayer on the connection between humanity and the earth.
Ruty Rubinshtein
Yair Harel
Production Team
Director of Culture, National Library: Ruty Rubinshtein
Artistic Directors: Yair Harel, Ruty Rubinshtein
Producer and Head Stage Director: Rotem Ben Hamo
Content and Website Editor: Moriah Bar Gil
Content Advisor: Uri Kroizer
Production: Doron Levin
Executive Producer: Noam Greshle
Production Assistant: Adi Isseroff
Film Crew
Television Director: Mark Zhalkovsky
Technical Manager: Dan Tapuach Jaffe
Lighting Design: Izhar Rozental
Sound Crew
Recording and mixing: Michael Ebbo Naor Ben Meir - Ehud Banai and Monitor mixing
Sound and Light: Sincopa
Graphic Design: Rotem Cohen Soaye and Dar Laor
Design and Programming: Nir Avigad
A special thanks to the staff at the National Library: Dr. Zvi Leshem, head of the Gershom Scholem Collection; Marcela Szekely, Dennis Schorr, Conservation and Restoration Department; Shaul Greenstein, Archives Department; Yitzchak Gila, Manuscripts Department; Alexis Lacher, Storage Manager; Ildiko Decsi, Rare Items; Netanel Shpigel, Education Department.