There's Nothing "Simple" about Simply Tsfat; The Most Joyful Music to come out of Israel in Years

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"For those that understand the joy inherent in Jewish life, Simply Tsfat's music provides an electric connection to those sometimes buried feelings. For those who don't yet understand, the group provides a pleasant awakening."

For decades since the passing of their leader, Rebbe Nachman of Breslev, they have been known by their detractors as the “Dead Chassidim.”

But today, Breslever Chassidim are alive and well. Although he passed from the world in 1810, the Chassidic master Rebbe Nachman of Breslev lives on through the music of Simply Tsfat, Chassidic musicians from the Breslev community in Tsfat, Israel. A town located in the northern Galilee, Tsfat is famous for its mountain air and Jewish mysticism.

Simply Tsfat (http://www.simplytsfat) fuses together heaven and earth through music. Tours of the North and Central America attract audiences from all ages and backgrounds. The unique presentation of Simply Tsfat inspires, whether in small and personal gatherings or large performance halls. Stories, personal anecdotes and Chassidic teachings are interwoven with powerful lyrics and enchanting music inherited from an authentic tradition handed down from the time of Rebbe Nachman.    

Acoustic guitarist/vocalist Elyahu Reiter, violinist Yehonason Lipshutz, and classical guitarist Yonatan Tzarum, join forces to present an evening of Breslev Chassidic music, storytelling and teachings of Rebbe Nachman

After receiving degrees from Tufts and Stanford Universities, Reiter moved to Israel to delve deeper into the Torah. Also a university graduate, Lipshutz moved to Tsfat with his family 2 weeks before the Gulf war. Israeli-born Tzarum learned classical flamenco guitar from his father.

Simply Tsfat conveys a deep love of chassidic life and its music. Their style is warm and intimate, drawing listeners into the air of Tsfat and a living Chassidic tradition.

"We are just trying to make people happy, but we're also trying to show people that Yiddushkeit is alive and exuberant, not just some dusty old thing in a museaum and we don't have to go looking for 'it' in the Himalayas," says band member Yehonasan Lipshutz.

The band Simply Tsfat is performing at the Anshei Minsk Synagogue on Thursday July 6th/06 at 7:30 p.m. It hopes to raise awareness toward the students of The Simchas Torah Life Advancement Program. This unique program takes in students that have been thrown out of the various educational systems and guides them to make better choices in creating a better life. Simchas Torah (The Joy of Torah) provides a daily schedule of acts of knidness, work and study time. Currently Simchas torah operates out of Jerusalem and is bringing their program to the USA this coming November. (


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