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Fishel Finkelstein, Music Coach

R.M.Grossblatt

“Hurry,” said Fishel to his friend Shimmy as they stuffed their book bags into their lockers. “Tryouts for choir start in ten minutes.” “Not going,” said Shimmy. “I sing off-key.” “Who said so?” said Fishel. “What about singing zmiros when you come for Shabbos?” “I blend in with your dad and you,” said Shimmy, “and pound on the table to drown myself out.” By this time Fishel and his best friend were standing near the auditorium. “At least watch the tryouts,” urged Fishel.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Rabbi Cohen stood by the piano and said, “Boys, welcome to tryouts for the Torah Academy Choir.”

Applause rang out from the small audience.

“We’re planning a performance before Pesach — and that’’s just the beginning,” said a smiling Rabbi Cohen. “Are you ready?”

The boys clapped. Fishel wondered why more boys hadn’t come. He thought of the joy he received from music and wondered what he could do to give others, like Shimmy, confidence in their singing.

Fishel was the last to try out. His stomach was queasy, but that didn’t keep him from belting out the song.

“Nice job,” said Rabbi Cohen when Fishel finished. “And I’m pleased to announce — all of you made it!”

This time the applause was the loudest.

“Anyone else want to try out?” asked the rabbi.  

 

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