by yossi | March 18, 2020 11:21 am

In the shadow of the panic and helplessness that has erupted in the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak, singer and song-writer Naftali Kalfa is releasing a new single from his upcoming album. This moving song, ‘RAFAEL‘ was written earlier this year with the goal of eliciting hope and strength when his son, Rafael Uri was diagnosed with a serious illness. Now he hopes this song will give hope and strength to the world at large in this time of uncertainty. Amit Golan is responsible for the musical production.

In the midst of recording his fourth, and latest album, from which the song “Amen” was recently released and has already become an integral part of the havdala prayers in many Jewish homes, singer and song-writer Naftali Kalfa has released an additional song, ‘Rafael‘, from his upcoming album. His newest upcoming album features world renowned singers including Shlomo Katz, Gad Elbaz, Benny Friedman & Yehudah Solomon from the Moshav Band.

Rafael‘ is a particularly meaningful prayer ballad which was composed by Naftali six months ago when his son Rafael Uri became very sick. “I was very scared and overwhelmed by difficult emotions and uncertainty,” he remembers. “Today, thank G-d, Rafael Uri is on his way to a full recovery, but the song, which greatly strengthened his family members during those complex times, has continued to be a source of strength and prayer. It was natural for Naftali to record it and incorporate it in his fourth album.

There was no plan to release the song ‘Rafael‘ as a single, but over the past week, when he understood that the whole world was dealing with tremendous fear and anxiety from the Corona virus, and feeling similarly to the ways in which he and his family had over the past few months, he decided to officially release it. “There are times in our life that we feel helpless, I was in this situation with my son. We didn’t know what would be”, he explains. “The only thing we have left to do is to take a deep breath and do our best, and to turn to the Creator of the world, and know that He is the one who heals us.”

Naftali‘s close friends and world renowned singers, Gad Elbaz and Lenny Solomon, leader of the Shlock Rock band, are responsible for vocal accompaniment. Amit Golan is responsible for musical production. In prayer that God will heal all of the sick and give relief to all those with fear and anxiety.

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