a gevaldige person! special memories from the brooklyn avenue minyon (chaim berlin kolel minyon)agav a piece of history worth writing about (the unique mispallelim from there)
cbkolel,y not share?please share!btw, what was greenbergs backround?he seems to have worn a shtreimel and peyos? not ur average crown heightserlooking forward to some bio info
Thank you so much,Tzig, for posting this. Reb Akiva is part of my earliest memories from the early 1970s, when he lived upstate in Binghamton with Meir Abehsera & a bunch of the hippie ba'al teshuvahs, intergrating Torah, Chasidus, & Macrobiotics. I still remember some of the nigunim I learned from him at the age of 3. They said, that Akiva was on a musical scholarship to Julliard as a teenager, when he somehow came into contact with the Vizhnitzer Rebbe of Monsey, & identified with them for a while. After Binghamton (mid 1970s), he went to Carlebach's Moshav Modi'in, where he was official Rav (until the early 1980s?) since Shlomo was away for extended periods of time. Until this day, some of the more chasidish member of the moshav (e.g. Schwartz, Silver), view Akiva as their mentor - perhaps even more than Shlomo. His wife A"H was from the old time Yerushalmi eiyshes chayils, who would never stop mumbling tehilim throughout the day. (BTW, she wouldn't tolerate the "mixed dancing"
א גישמאקער איד גיווען אשאד וואס מען גיפינט אויס ווען עס איז שוין שפעטלאך
Agav, it was this very nigun (the pilpul) & the thumb twiddling that I vivdly recall singing with him in the sukah in Binghamton, during Sukos 1972 or 1973, when I was 3 or 4 years old. I didn't hear it fully since then, & was always trying to remember the whole nigun (I could only remember the thumb twiddling t'nueh) - so thank you Tzig again for putting up punkt this nigun!It would be interesting to find out how he wound up in Lubavitch (in addition to Vizhnitz). Also, on the Crown Heights Info blog there's discussion that he was the (or co-) ba'al hamechaber of "I'm Big Gedalyah Goomber"! Eiyn kleinikayt!Also, I wonder how he was viewed from within Vizhnitz Monsey: as one of them, or more of a mekurev. (IIRC, Akiva arranged for a Ger Tzedek by the name of Avrohom [don't remember his last name] to cook for the Vizhnitzer Rebbe Monsey in the 1970s. This Avrohom, like Akiva at the time, was influenced by macrobiotics & health food, & I think he incorporated such cooking into the Rebbe's diet. Can anyone verify this?) --ZIY
I have bekabalah from my shver that "I'm Big Gedalyah Goomber" was made by Reb Moshe Feller.
he for sure sings it like a vizhnitzer. i know
Rabbi Moshe Feller was mekabel rishon from ybchl"ch Rabbi Akiva Greenberg the nigun hayadoo'ah I'm Big Gedaliya Goomber in Detroit Camp Gan Yisroel in 1962...YT Sheini
ויש להאריך בכל זה (מהותו, מקור חוצבו, התקרבותו, וכו' וכוק) ועוד חזון למועד...Suffice it to say that he was very close to the Rebbe but he held (more than) a tremendous hakaras hatov to vizhnitz. Thr Rebbe once told him, Akiva, ver a chassid! And he reluctantly replied ich ken nit....YT Sheini
That video is really nice! Tapping into the power of music, and especially, the power of a nigun. Amazing to see how in no time everyone is singing (and dreing) along! Thanks for posting!BD"H.
הירשעלעפון וואנעט שטאמט דער ניגון. ס'חאפט פויליש. דער ליובאוויטשער פלפול איז גאר אנדערש.http://www.chassidus.com/audio/nigun/13-09-Der-Pilpul-Heichal-Neginah.ramדרך אגב דער ניגון וואס מ'זינגט אויף ויהי בימי אחשורוש רופן אנדערע דער קליינער פלפול. דער ערשטער פאל זאגט ער עפעס, דער צווייטער פאל פרעגט, און דער דריטער ענטפערט.מענדל
This niggun is from the Imrei Chaim and he was the one who coined it -at least who taught it so- to his chasidim, as the pilpul or rather Kasha-Terutz nigun. Yosef 718
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