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Chizuk Amuno Congregation

Uf Gozal – Farewell to Arik Einstein

From literally the day they were born I’ve sung to my children at night before bed. During the nighttime hours when I would walk the halls with a crying baby over my shoulder I would go through an entire repertoire of childhood favorites, camp songs, rock ballads, tefillot, and niggunim. But always in the rotation was Uf Gozal by Arik Einstein – Israel’s “Frank Sinatra, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen all rolled into one.”

It was a song I learned first in Ulpan (Hebrew class) and then heard over and over again on Israeli radio in 1995 after Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated. Uf Gozal became one of the anthems for that time, because it so poignantly captured the emotion of the moment.

Einstein was the voice and embodiment of the Old Israel. Still writing songs and at the time of his death yesterday at 74, the most listened to songwriter in Israeli history.

Of all his songs, this one is my favorite, as it speaks to the delicate dance of holding and letting go.

Ha gozalim sheli azvu et ha ken

My little birds have left the nest
Spread their wings and flew away
And I, an old bird, remained in the nest
Really hoping that everything will be alright.

I always knew the day would come
When we’d have to part
But now it came to me so suddenly
So what’s the wonder that I’m a bit concerned.

Uf gozal, chatokh et ha shamayim
Fly, little bird
Cut through the sky
Fly to wherever you want
Just don’t forget
There’s an eagle in the sky
Be cautious

We are now alone in the nest
But we are together
Hold me tight and tell me yes
Do not worry, it’s fun to grow old together

I know that it’s just nature
I also left a nest
But now when here comes the moment
I get choked up in the throat

Uf gozal, chatokh et ha shamayim
Fly, little bird
Cut through the sky
Fly to wherever you want
Just don’t forget
There’s an eagle in the sky
Be cautious