Monday, July 4, 2011

Silent Scream

Yes, the title is a bit freaky. But that's the song from the Shira Chadasha Boys' Choir that makes me tear up every time I hear it.

It's an emotional song, about Chana, the mother of Shmuel HaNavi, (Samuel the Prophet), one of the Jewish people's greatest leaders. Most who read this blog know that Chana suffered from infertility- as the first wife of Elkanah, she watched as her co-wife, Penina, bore child after child, while she had none. Penina (albeit with good intentions) even teased her about the fact in order to get Chana to pray to G-d with more fervor.

Chana eventually had a child, Shmuel, who's name means that G-d listened to her. My husband and I continually have a fight (well, more of an argument) on what Chana asked for in a child. I learnt, as did many of the women I checked with, that Chana asked for a normal child- average, nothing extraordinarily different, but she was granted the exceptional. He learnt (and looked up for me) that Chana wanted a child like Moshe and Aharon, (Moses and Aaron) and was granted her request, showing the importance of prayer, and of belief in our children. (Did anyone else hear one of these explainations?)

Either way- this song truly captures the essence of Chana's plea to G-d, and her reward. May all those suffering from the utter pain that is infertility find hope in the story of Chana, and may G-d bless them with children in abundance.

Sorry about the annoying background, but it was the only youtube I could find easily to link to. Listen to the words, forget about the screen.


Devorah said...

This is a gorgeous song. Woah. Thanks for sharing it!
Chanale has a song called Vatispalel Chana that is also stunning - ever heard it?

nmf #7 said...

Thanks Devorah! I've never heard the one you mention- although now I'll go track it down.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful song!!! LOVE IT! i love the story behind it as any of you know how to download this song???

Crissy said...

Wow, this song truly speaks to my heart. Thank you for sharing it.

sabinas said...

hello, i see your latest post is from a while ago,(came to your site by exident) i'm a christian from holland and my sister told me to listen to this song and i love it! your question; if i read the story(in the bible) she asked for a normal child(average) but she will sett him in the hands of god.
best wishes from holland!
sorry my english is'nt that well.

nmf #7 said...

Yeah, I kinda stopped blogging because life got in the way- but I still exist in comments!
I still can't find any actual source that she prayed herself for an 'average' child. However, she did pray for a healthy child who she could then dedicate to the service of G-d- which she did- Samuel, or Shmuel the prophet who anointed the first kings of Israel. However, the commentaries on the verses do state that she did pray for the best possible child she could have- that he would emulate Moses and Aaron- Moshe and Aharon. Which, I believe is quite normal for a woman, to pray for her child to be the best he could possibly be. And, she received that request as well.

sabinas said...

yes think that's normal too! (i'm allready happy/pleased that my son (4 years old) is willingly(?) to go to church with me)