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Amitai Ne’eman
Artist Name
Amitai Neeman
Birth Date
December 15, 1926
Death Date
January 8, 2005

Amitai Ne’eman  Biography

Amitai Neeman was one of Israel’s first song writers and well-known accordion players. He lived across the street from me in Tel Aviv until his death about two years ago. Some of you may have seen the tribute to Amitai on Ch. 1, hosted by Ehud Manor shortly before he passed away.

I asked Amitai if he would come over one evening to speak with a group of English speaking olim chadashim about the history of Israeli music. He put together a tape and delivered an awe-inspiring workshop. (He did another favor for me. He shot a video of me giving a tour of my apartment, to send to my elderly parents in the States.)

He was also a music planner for Radio One’s classical music program for many years.

Amitai once told me a story about how Israeli line dancing, the kind that snakes forward, evolved. He was asked to write music for Israel’s first and subsequent Independence Day parades — but he also had to instruct the choreographers to forget circle dancing and to keep everyone moving kadima (forward)!

4 thoughts on “Four Divine States of Mind”

  1. I am reaching out to you on behalf of Saiph Stars, a non-profit organization developed for children battling illnesses, providing them with resources such as videos, songs, games, magazines, etc. to entertain and inspire them while undergoing treatments during their long hospitalizations.
    BH, we have a wide range of performers, singers, storytellers such as Yakov Shwekey, Mordechai Shapiro, Ari Goldwag, Baruch Levine, YBC, Uri Davidi, Rabbi Ashear, Rabbi Lish, Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation, Rabbi Erps, Rebbee Hill, Rabbi Pesach Krohn, and many more who have joined our project by allowing us to use their material. In addition, subscriptions such as Mishpacha, Binah, The Circle, Spotlight, JWOW have all joined our project as well BH. All the material will be uploaded to locked iPads and is streamed thru the Saiph Stars App designated to be used by these children.
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  2. Felice Glazer says:

    I was just sitting at my piano looking over a very old book of songs called the songs we sing by Harry Cooper Smith. I got this book when I went to Anshe emet Sunday school in Chicago. That was in the late forties and fifties. This book is falling apart but I love it and will never part with it until I pass away. Something today just made me decide to look up the name of Harry Coopersmith and that’s how I found this site.

  3. Philip Joseph Brody says:

    Joseph Brody was my great grandfather. Murray Brody was my grandfather and Joseph Brody was my father. I am Philip Joseph Brody born in Queens N.Y. My halfbrother Brian is a saxophone player. Unfortunately I think musical talent skipped me. My great grandfather died before my father was born. Unfortunately my father died around 59 years old. I’m about to be 52 so hopefully I won’t pass before my time.

  4. MARTY KUGLER says:

    Is there any way that I can get the lyrics to Semour Rockoff’s song “Der moiled vet zein.” I know about half the words, but I no longer have the record. I’ve been searching for the lyrics for over 40 years. Thanks, Marty Kugler maak68@gmail.com

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