Music is the language of the spirit, love provides the lyrics and when both came together they create a unique mixture that feeds, enriches and gives meaning and purpose to the spirit.
If the language of love has to be soft and tender, full of meaning and rich in content then Yiddish should be proclaimed as the language for love, love for your partner, for your children, for your family, for your people, for your culture, for your language and for your history.
Love that transcends oneself and projects the spirit both into the future and the past with a meaning, with memory, with a reason.
How could we not honor somebody who has dedicated her life to Love songs?
And how could we have such a Hall of Fame without inducting Khave Alberstein?
If I had to pin point my favorite Yiddish love song and performer I would immediately mention Margaritkelakh (little flowers) and Khave Alberstein as it's best performer.
Back when I was a teenager and I could select between Spanish, American, British and Mexican performers singing all sorts of love songs, I knew that what I would really like to sing to someone special would be Margaritkelekh. Better yet, instead of torturing that someone special with my singing I would rather have her enjoy Khave's tender interpretation of this so very unique song.
If I ever had any doubts about Khave's qualities and commitment to Yiddish music I completely forgot them after talking with a couple of cousins: Hadassah Kestin and Binem Heller, at their Tel Aviv'er home where after a while we began to discuss Yiddish performers. They both mentioned Khave as one if not their closest, most cherished Yiddish female performer.
Not only did they agree with me that Khave was not only one of the very best Yiddish female performers but also that her Yiddish was one of the cleanest of any singer while her voice has a depth, sweetness, and uniqueness that allows everybody to enjoy any of Khave's performances.
Actually, on the last picture we took of the four of us, you can see, there on a table, a copy of one of Khave's records we had just acquired to play on the radio and television programs we had in Mexico.
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