New Music Video Highlights a Teacher’s Impact

In a heartwarming music video, Benny Friedman and Yitzi Waldner sing a student’s song of appreciation to his rebbi for choosing his students over more lucrative professions, and the lasting impact that his rebbi had on him and his future achievements.

In a new music video, singers Benny Friedman and Yitzi Waldner share the deep appreciation of a student to his rebbi for choosing to dedicate his life to his students instead of pursuing other, more lucrative professions, and the zechus of the rebbi’s family for supporting him in that. He also highlights the lasting impact that his teacher had on him, and credits his teacher with his future accomplishments in life.

The video was produced by Chasdei Lev, an organization dedicated to supporting and bolstering our teachers.


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I had a teacher
A Rebbi in my life
Who made me what I am today
I was too young then to know that I’d owe
A debt I could never repay

Now, we were no angels
But Rebbi stayed on
He saw something we couldn’t see
Year after year at the front of the class
Building the world that would be

He could’ve been a doctor accountant, a lawyer
Had wealth and a fancy degree
He could’ve chosen to go for the gold
But instead my Rebbi chose me

How I wish you could see that the message you taught
(x2 the lessons we’ve learned)
Remains with us all of our lives
Rebbi, just know that you’re changing the world
You do it one child at a time
Countless talmidim who stand up and say
Thank you, dear Rebbi
Every day

I had a teacher
A Rebbi in my life
But it’s only now when I’m grown
I realize that teacher and Rebbi of mine
Had a family and life of his own
And I’d like to tell them
You all have a zechus
Because you were there to support
Like Rabbi Akiva who said of his wife
All that is mine’s really yours

May you all have brochos
And share joy and nachas
And blessings for eternity
You could have chosen to go for the gold
But with you, my Rebbi chose me


A Heart.Works Production

Special thanks to Moshe Finkelstein from CrunchTime Media for your steady devotion and creative work on behalf of Chasdei Lev and Klal Yisroel’s Rebbeim.

Directed by: Menachem Weinstein
Produced by: Munch Media
Cinematography by: Daniel Shaw
1st AC by: Sadiel Rivada
Set design by: Galya Bender
Photography by: Marko Dashev

Composed & Directed by: Yitzy Waldner
Performed by: Benny Friedman & Yitzy Waldner
Produced by: Yechiel Schron
Lyrics by: Miriam Israeli
Arranged by: Avrumi Berko
Mixed by: Yaniv Balas
Vocal production by: Doni Gross
Benny PR: I & Me Media

Special Thanks
Zalmy Raksin
Eli Zians
Kevin Rhine
Neil Rumbak
Pupils & Staff of Torah Academy – Boca Raton, FL
Dov Coleman
Rabbi Draiman

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