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By: Neil Harris

Mon, 13 Dec 2010 13:48:59 +0000

Where can we get/purchase-download the music/mp3s? I am always on the hunt for things to listen to.

By: Yaakov Astor

Mon, 21 May 2007 14:24:35 +0000

Chaim, If you're still reading this blog, I was wondering about a couple of things: I'm assuming you're not making your living as a rock star now; what do you do? Assuming it's some version of 9-5 labor, how do you transition from the excitement of rock star lifestyle to 9-5 worker mentality? Does your life now give you an outlet for this? How so? What does your wife think about your past and does she encourage that part of yourself in the present? How so?

By: Chaim Linn

Thu, 29 Jun 2006 03:19:42 +0000

Recently I have learned that Aish is going to Poland. In a day or so. My first thought was “I must go”. Aside from the money issue $2,000.00, I discovered that the trip was private- closed. I have a strong desire to go back to Poland now. Ed- At any age it is a soul-harrowing experience to go to the camps. I hate to think how much worse damage could be done to certain people who went on this trip. There are people who refuse to go there. They know they cannot handle it. If a person visits the camps and is traumatized by it, there’s no telling what could happen to the rest of that person’s life. With 16-year-old kids, especially in this day where people’s goals are to be rich and famous and to avoid rules and regulations that control one’s life, etc, …There’s no telling what this stark contrast in realities can create in regard to one’s spiritual path. And I more than anyone was a little more than aspiring to be rich and famous, I was actually a little deluded into believing that I already was. I guess the theory is you try to be cool and artificially be something that’s not real…then it happens to you in the real world. You start to believe yourself because you live this fantasy in your clothes, your attitude and everything you do. You play music shows all around, you present yourself as having something important to say, that you have wisdom, and you promote your opinions and self -worship with your CD which so many people will hear. For me it was very strong. I related to that lifestyle of getting the crowd going and partying with the crowd and making my own rules. I was always feeling like something was not right…Like there was an answer out there but no one has shown me the answer yet. Sitting in class at Hebrew School, I was struck by how empty it all seemed and how uninteresting it all was. There never seemed to be a satisfactory response from the leaders of the synagogue or the trip as to how we fit G-d into the Holocaust. I have met Rabbis in the last ten years who at least deal with the issue. I was not ready to listen to Das Torah even if I had it at the time. I had decided that the Orthodox were the last people one should listen to. I was looking for answers at the time but I didn’t know who to ask. Another thing: I have always been the entertainer, making people laugh and playing music. Going on this trip totally squashed any purpose in being a clown or a performer. Who could go to Auschwitz and laugh it up? That is an insult to those who were murdered at Auschwitz. Still, I found a way to do this. I got everyone going and we needed a release desperately. I was an immature person. I still might be. My wife says I am. I’m not sure what my thought process was but when I saw the camps it felt like I’d gotten thrown against the rocks. I felt damaged and shocked. I was numb, I guess. Whenever I asked Dave something about Orthodox Judaism, I only asked to find out what was important to him. I never wanted to let the concepts influence me. I was guarding my Rocker image. I guess you can have all the answers around you and not even see it. Many people around me did not seem excited about mitzvos. It seemed like many related to their Judaism through the Holocaust. Before going to Poland I had decided that Judaism was mostly a cultural thing. Should I be a Jew because of gefilte fish or because someone tried to kill us several times in history?

By: David Linn

Wed, 28 Jun 2006 22:56:27 +0000

Ok, give my nephews a kiss for me then.

By: Chaim Linn

Wed, 28 Jun 2006 22:36:12 +0000

Thanks everyone for the comments. I will clear everything up shortly regarding the Holocaust and faith in G-d and who I was when I went to Poland, who I became in Colorado and when I was a "messianic Jew" (Praise the Lord!) and how I got here. This will take a few blog entries. I must tend to the family right now and I will try to address at least one of these issues tonight.

By: David Linn

Wed, 28 Jun 2006 18:33:06 +0000

Ed, Now I see where you are coming from. Keep in mind that the Poland trip and the decision to "become a Christian" were seperated by aprox ten years. If I can shlep Chaim on here to comment, he could address this himself but I don't think that at the time he began dabbling in the world of messianic judaism that he was grappling with the questions presented by the holocaust.

By: ed

Wed, 28 Jun 2006 17:58:58 +0000

David, What I also meant was, not only did Chaim become disillusioned with Judaism after going to Poland - he subsequently became a Christian! In a sense, he opted for the religion of the oppressors. That does not make sense to me. I could see questioning G-d after such a trip - but that would pertain to religion in general, not just Judaism.

By: David Linn

Wed, 28 Jun 2006 01:29:22 +0000

JT, He is. Thanks.

By: Jaded Topaz

Wed, 28 Jun 2006 00:52:27 +0000

Oh My God , the "Davey Pray" song is sooooo powerful ,sad & tugging at the heartstrings kind of deep.It just makes you wanna cry .Thanks for sharing the concepts & the music ,your brother sounds like a really awesome & spiritual person.

By: David Linn

Tue, 27 Jun 2006 16:57:52 +0000

Ed, In addition to the overall point that Ezzie made, I think we have to look at this in perspective. At the time of our respective Poland trips, my brother and I were 15-16 yrs old. It is an overwhelming experience for such a young person. If you try to comprehend how Chaim, now, as you know him would have had that reaction, I could see how you might be puzzled. And, yes, the guy does make a mean chulent.

By: Ezzie

Tue, 27 Jun 2006 16:40:19 +0000

What I found interesting was that he became disenchanted w/ Judaism after a trip to Poland. It’s hard for me to understand how that could have happened. Why? It's extremely depressing, and could easily make one question how a good and just God could allow such a thing to befall His people...

By: Gershon Seif

Tue, 27 Jun 2006 15:12:15 +0000

If a picture speaks a thousand words, then this song speaks a million. This went right through me. Thanks a million for sharing!

By: ed

Tue, 27 Jun 2006 10:04:58 +0000

I must say that I found this story, and particularly the song, "Davey Pray" to be quite moving, espcially in light of when it was performed. I know of Chaim Linn, through his contributions to the Passaic community, e.g., to his yeshiva (PTI), to other local musicians. And, of course, it is well-accepted that Chaim Linn makes one of the best cholents in Passaic. What I found interesting was that he became disenchanted w/ Judaism after a trip to Poland. It's hard for me to understand how that could have happened.

By: Ezzie

Tue, 27 Jun 2006 10:04:23 +0000

WOW. Wow.