Avraham Fried Explains Source of Lyrics


avraham-friedLast week, Matzav.com reported that on Avraham Fried’s latest album, “Keep Climbing,” there is a song called “Kach Es Sheli – Take Mine.” In “Kach Es Sheli“, Fried sings about how he knows that the third Bais Hamikdosh will not be built with stones, but rather with tears. And if all that is needed is one more, take mine.

The song was composed by Yuval Stoppel, who also wrote the lyrics. The song was originally recorded by singer Yisroel Parnes.

We reported that administrators of a school in Bnei Brak preparing their end-of-year production – and considering using the song – went to Rav Chaim Kanievsky and discussed this song of Avraham Fried’s. They asked Rav Chaim about the source of the lyrics of the song. Their question was whether or not there is a source for such a statement that the third Bais Hamikdosh will be built from tears. Is there perhaps some lesser known Medrash?

Rav Chaim Kanievsky’s answer was that there is no such Medrash saying such a concept and said it may come from some other source.

Now, Avraham Fried has clarified the source of the lyrics, stating that the words are based on the Chasam Sofer, who is quoted in Sefer Ohel Moshe as saying that every tear that is shed assists in the building of the Third Bais Hamikdosh. The Sefer Ohel Moshe quotes the Chasam Sofer who asks if all the tears that have been shed over the churban for the last 2,000 years have been in vain, since we are still in this terrible golus. The Chasam Sofer explains that even though the third Bais Hamikdosh will be made out of fire, as is well known, and will descend from Shomayim, the treren, tears, of each and every Yid form the stones of that heavenly Bais Hamikdosh. Thus, the tears are not in vain, but are rather forming the Bais Hamikdosh Hashlishi.

Another source for the lyrics, says Fried, is brought in the same sefer from the Shelah. In a fascinating thought, and in a novel explanation, the Shelah says that the reason Tisha B’Av that falls on Shabbos is postponed to Sunday is because our tears are forming the Bais Hamikdosh, and since Tisha B’Av is a “time for tears” and the melacha of boneh, building, is prohibited on Shabbos Kodesh, Tisha B’Av must be postponed until the next day.

{Yair Alpert-Matzav.com Israel}


  1. The sad part is that 99% of us do not shed a tear for the binyan bais hamikdash. When was the last time anyone shed a tear? Aside from the few gedoei torah and ehrliche yidden, most of us are happy and content here in Golus and it doesnt bother us. And I am including myself in this picture as well.

  2. These types of songs are usually generated by emotions and feelings and I don’t think they need to be taken all that seriously .

    If I recall , Shlomo Carelbach had a song in his earliest recordings about him standing at the Western Wall when he realizes that the bricks are really made up of “Six Million Tears”.

    Its emotions and thoughts and feelings.

  3. In other words AF is rightly saying that the third Bhm”k will be built not from actual tears but from fire which our tears-sincerety of our tefillos has brought about. I.e. of we do not daven with meaning and no tears shed our tefillos are dry and barren thereby not adding stones.

    wow! What an issue to make.

  4. Dear commenter number 2. I would like to respectfully disagree with you. I for one cry every tisha biav and every tzuru that befalls klal yisroel I shed bitter tears. Just before Pesach kids and a father were killed in France, and then there was the terrible fire that killed 6 children in Eretz Yisroel, I cried over it, I am a simple person, not special at all. And I’ve seen others around me cry over these happenings too, and I have seen a few Jews cry on Tisha Biav too.
    Please in the future don’t think your lukewarm feelings are the majority of klal yisroel. Buruch Hashem your in the minority.
    And Avrum Fried thanks for your dveikissdigi nigun it has brought me to tears.

  5. #5, I also cry when I hear about tzores, but do you cry daily for the BH to be re built? or just when the tzaar hits home ? Do you cry for the BH when your day is going well ? If you do, then you are one of the very few that do

  6. We don’t want to sing and thus teach ourselves and our children something inaccurate.

    When I grew up we sang the Israeli national anthem in school. (A more modern type of school.) But when we came to the words Am Chofshi B’artzeinu (a free nation in our land), we were told to sing Am Kodosh, as the word Chofshi, in modern Hebew implies irreligious. (I may be a bit incorrect on the tense, I can’t remember the words anymore.

  7. I knew it from the start that it had a mekor since I felt so uplifted by the song and everytime I listen to it I cry!! Thanks Avremel – you sing from the Neshama!



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