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Musician Moshe Yess, 65, OBM

Legendary musician Moshe Yess passed away Motzoei Shabbos in Arizona after an illness. "He taught us how to compose music," known composer Yossi Green told COLlive.com. Full Story, Video

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A Profound Jewish Soul
January 19, 2011 9:04 am

Thank you for being a part of my life, Rabbi Yess!
Baruch in Ch Hill

Moshe, oh, our Moshe...
January 17, 2011 10:31 pm

We never seem to give enough thought or hakoras hatov to what we have until we no longer have it. Reb Moshe, you were one of Hashem’s special gifts to the Jewish world of music, especially the English speaking world. Your genuine soulfulness and musical professionalism should set a standard for every aspiring frum musician to work towards. Yours was real music, not just endless repetition of the same few words set to a monotonous tune.Above all,your music conveyed a profound understanding of the lack of direction plaguing the contemporary Jewish world, and directed us ever so beautifully to where… Read more »

He was a Legend
January 16, 2011 9:44 pm

Boruch Dayan Emes

a fan
January 14, 2011 11:59 am

checkout rabbiyess.com

January 14, 2011 4:09 am

I remember when i was like 6 and my mother explained the song to us.. when I told her moshe yes was niftar she was like “no!!”

oy vay we rarely appriciate the living…

and zaidy… oh my zaidy..

those words comforted me when my zaidy’s were niftar..

January 13, 2011 11:04 am

My son got married in February, 2008. I wanted to sing “That’s My Boy” at his Sheva Brochos but was unclear on all the lyrics. I spent some time looking for the lyrics on line with no success. I finally managed to find R’ Moshe’s e-mail address and e-mailed him a request to let me know if I had the lyrics to one of the verses correct. I still have all the e-mails. In only 5 MINUTES he responded with the correction to what I had! This, to a perfect stranger! 2 weeks later it occurred to me that I… Read more »

Rabbi Chaim Jacobs
January 12, 2011 9:16 pm

Your father was a special man and a special and talented musician. He brought a real Kiddush Hashem and reached and touched hearts of thousands of people to make them at least think about doing Teshuva. He was never greedy and always charged us a nominal fee for his services. Some found him extreme about Moshiach but in reality he was a true chosid because he never sold himself for what he believed in. He was sincere and truthful about his beliefs. He was close to our family entertaining at three concerts and at our son’s Bar Mitzva. We will… Read more »

BDE. Our hearts go out to his family
January 12, 2011 2:50 pm

Moshe’s full name is moshe aharon ben zev – first letters forming the word ‘mai-oz’. a word that Moshe Rabbeinu used when seeing the troubles of his people in golus. In this weeks Parshah, It was by krias yam-suf that Moshe R used the same word ‘Az’ (yashir) but this time singing the Geulah. moshe yess loved music, performing and believed in our Rebbe’s words. We pray for his next performance of song ‘oz yoshir’.

January 12, 2011 12:09 pm

Ze’ev So sorry to hear the very sad news!
The Silberhafts
Johannesburg South Africa

grew up with his magama and kids tapes and concerts ...
January 12, 2011 9:52 am

chayim nitzchiyim now!!!
his music is immortal though…till we have him back with moshiach now!

January 12, 2011 9:51 am

i sit here with tears in my eyes, as I absorb how a yid who is an Ish Emes, who uses his amazing talents to serve the Bashefer, and who walked through life with hatznah leches and ahavas yisroel, leaves a trail of people who he impacted for the good. It should be a lesson to us, that a kind word or a smile, or a small favor or a large one, will leave an indelible roishem on the recipient and on the world. May he be a meilitz yoisher for his family, and for all those who follow in… Read more »

Full hebrew name
January 12, 2011 8:43 am

Moshe Aaron ben Chaya

another London admirer
January 12, 2011 1:41 am

I also heard him at a concert, maybe in Kenton, I think that I went because he had performed in my school-JFS, and I had enjoyed it alot.I even bought his tape, still have it. Must have been 30 years ago- thaat kind of soul music wasn’t known in E ngand then. I never heard his songs played on the radio, maybe coz they are in English. Sorry to have heard of him again only because he passed away.

We have lost a treasure;(
January 12, 2011 12:55 am

He had such a talent for music! I love his music! We need Moshiach now!

Please Help
January 11, 2011 11:05 pm

Does anyone know his full Hebrew name and his mothers?

January 11, 2011 10:14 pm

and zaidy made us laugh, and zaidy made us sing, and zaidy made us kiddush friday night! and zaidy, oh my zaidy how i loved him so! and [zaidy used to teach me wrong from right!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

January 11, 2011 7:55 pm

i love watching that song!!!!!!!!!!!!!

former montrealer
January 11, 2011 6:58 pm

so sad!

so so sad
January 11, 2011 4:29 pm

my young students listen to his tapes all the time. These are true classics ,full of yiras shamaim and ahvas yisroel.
which kid doesnt know the tune and words of mdvar sheker tirchach or who spilled the baby’s milk…..

Baruch dayan emes.

Muso's opinion
January 11, 2011 2:06 pm

Awesome Musician and entertainer, Sorry to hear!!!

London admirer
January 11, 2011 12:28 pm

It hurt to read of Moshe Yess passing away. It was many many years ago that he came to England to perform at a concert and I as a young girl was so impressed with him.

He came over as such a nice person – so sincere – sensitive and Emessdik

He had a beautiful diction and his guitar playing skills were amazing. And he had a wonderful sense of humour.

He knew the Emess and was not afraid to say it.

I feel so sad.

bd"e from a montrealer.
January 11, 2011 12:16 pm

My heart goes out to the yess family. No more sorrow!

January 11, 2011 11:24 am

and thats the day music died…… :'(

This is hard...
January 11, 2011 11:12 am

I remember some of Moshe yess’s concerts in chabas houses and camps 15-20 years ago, i lways loved his music, truth be told, I haven’t heard his music. When I saw the news of his death I was sad, I told my wife about it and she hadn’t heard of Moshe yess, I played her “my zayde” and she said “turn it off, I’m gonna cry”

January 11, 2011 10:32 am

Who was responsible for bringing this yid back to yidishkeit??

Thank you all for your kind words.
January 11, 2011 10:06 am

It is very comforting to know that he is deeply missed and will always be remembered. May we have no more suffering and only hear good news from now on.


On behalf of the Yess family.

still crying
January 11, 2011 9:34 am

his songs inspired us all, i am 30 years old and still cry when i hear his stunnig song ‘my zaidie’ i thought he wrote it about my zaidie . my his family find strength in all of this BTW what ever happened to his partner Sholom levine

Moshe Yess
January 11, 2011 8:28 am

“The reason jewish people have big noses to keep them in five books of moses”, Moshe Yess

January 11, 2011 5:56 am

Perhaps Soul to Soul compile a video montage of his music and show it at the concert.

a great part of my childhood
January 11, 2011 4:41 am

His concerts are such a great memory from my childhood!

January 11, 2011 3:22 am

i was in chader menachem in la and i remember he came to play his songs it was butyfull so thaks

Oh zaidy... oh my zaidy...
January 11, 2011 2:41 am


I remember moshe yes ZT’L in morristown labor day 1989…? and I was just 4 years old?

Gevaldig! We will miss you! May you be meilitz yosher for us.. up there in gan eden with your guitar playing in the melachim’s choir

miss him
January 11, 2011 12:44 am

please share your stories and fond memories at the memorial blog, mosheyess.blogspot.com

January 11, 2011 12:23 am

There is only one song that makes me cry every time I sing it. “Who will be the Zaidy, if not me”?

say yes to moshe yess!!!!!
January 10, 2011 11:54 pm

:-((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((( bde , moshiach now!!

very sad news
January 10, 2011 11:44 pm

: (


so sad Baruch Dayan Haemess
January 10, 2011 11:41 pm

Today I mourn a friend A very gifted and talented person A person that had a profound influence on me And on my music I must say that he was the first person that wowed me with his music And it’s thanks to him that I started playing guitar I remember listening to his first album Megama (over and over again) Yes, I had the record …… His tunes, his lyrics, his guitar playing I couldn’t get enough of it He simply blew me away And as I grew, personally and musically I started to cross paths with Moshe We… Read more »

Just wanted his family to know
January 10, 2011 11:22 pm

His music helped me become frum. I went to one of his concerts, My kitchen wasn’t kosher yet. I made the decision that night to do the kitchen and the rest is history.

Zaidy made us laugh
January 10, 2011 10:55 pm

Zaidy made us sing. Now Zaidy is gone who will be the zaidies of our children? who will make us laugh & smile?/ Ad Mosai!!! enough why are you taking the good ones & leaving the bad???

oy vey
January 10, 2011 10:36 pm

Im sad tnight.Vehachai yitein el liboi. A pious jew who touched the souls of many. The Rebbeh looked out for him and now we can look out for his “children

wow so sad
January 10, 2011 10:11 pm

i really love him!!!!
A man which was so unique and left such an inspiring impression just by watching him!

A powerful neshama...
January 10, 2011 9:45 pm

I first heard him sing with Megama in Yerushalayim in 5741 and was electrified — he bridged the cultural gap for me as a BT as did no other musical performer. In its own way, this was no less important to my spiritual growth than finding the right Torah and Chassidus teachers and mashpiyim. An amazing neshama and an amazing talent. He was there for my kids, as well, with his great children’s tapes. May he have a lichtige Gan Eden and be a Gute Better for all of us down here. I’m just imagining the delight of dancing to… Read more »

January 10, 2011 9:37 pm

hashem we can’t take it any more! where is moshiach?

January 10, 2011 9:22 pm

Moshe Yess told the truth about so many realities in life. He sometimes said it with alot of humour and other times you could cry. He has impacted my life through his truly emesdik tunes for 30 plusyears. His line “Who will be the Zaidy of our children?” truly inspired me to be what I am today.. Moshe you will live on in my mind and heart. I thank you for encouraging me to make my own CD and helping me with it many years ago.G-d Bless You and all the Yess Family

music of the soul
January 10, 2011 9:04 pm

When i was in Ukraine as a staff member in a camp, we played “and zaidy made us laugh” over the speakers, there was a boy who didnt even understand english that asked to hear the song over and over and he said it sounds like such a special song, Moshe Yess was definitely a high nehsama, and he was the most talented jewish composer yet, may his neshama be uplifted by all the neshomos he touched and moved to do teshuva

Baruch Daya Emes
January 10, 2011 8:56 pm

I was just at a melave malka this past motzei shabbos and dovid stein was singing his song. He did a great job on the song though I doubt he knew what was going on at that very moment because he didn’t mention anything at the show. Still kind of spooky……..


Where has he been the last 10 years?
January 10, 2011 8:33 pm

this is all I could find
may he have a lichtiger gan eden

The Best Song!
January 10, 2011 7:54 pm

The Angel Song by Moshe Yess, it’s on youtube.
It’s his greatest song!

January 10, 2011 7:51 pm

he was my fav singer

A precious soul
January 10, 2011 7:15 pm

Baruch Dayan Emes. How sad. My condolences to the family. May Hashem wipe away your tears….

Boruch Dayan Emess
January 10, 2011 7:13 pm

May we all be reunited together with the Rebbe MH”M with the complete and final redemption immediately!

Aah, the memories!
January 10, 2011 7:13 pm

Thanks for posting that link, it brought back so many memories! Who is the violinist?

ill miss you dearly!!
January 10, 2011 7:10 pm

no no no!! i was just listening to his music the other day!!! i loved it so much! reminded me of my childhood!!!
ad mosi!!

Tremendous Legacy
January 10, 2011 6:58 pm

We grew up with Moshe Yess – My kids love the Zaidy song, all the tapes – Marvelous Midos Machine, etc. His songs will live on and with them, his spirit.

Good Memories
January 10, 2011 6:34 pm

Moshe Yess as part of the Megama Duo was the music I really enjoyed and related to in my youth over 30 years ago.
Hamokom Yenachem Eschem …His talent and inspiration will be missed!!

baruch dayan emes
January 10, 2011 6:26 pm

same as #25

moshiach now!

January 10, 2011 6:04 pm

i never met him; and yet im so sad. so young. so talented. so great.

January 10, 2011 5:29 pm

most my childhood musical influences was from Moshe Yess.How very sad,May his family be comforted and know how many people benefited and got enjoyment from his G-d given talent.

The truth
January 10, 2011 4:56 pm

Well, now he’ll finnaly know the truth about what’s going re Gimmel Taamuz and all that…

G-d bless him

please explain this quote
January 10, 2011 4:48 pm

“People thought he lost it the last 10 years, but that was part of his journey wanting to be 100% living the truth.”

Baruch Dayan Haemet
January 10, 2011 4:24 pm

The jewish music/entertainment world has lost a fine exceptional artist. Moshe was real talent. A musical genius!!!
We will miss him! He lives on through his children and musical work, loved by many!

The KING!!
January 10, 2011 4:23 pm

We all know deep down in our hearts that the only truly good Jewish music is the music of Moshe Yess!

An amazing neshama
January 10, 2011 4:21 pm

A REAL talent on the scene!
Moshe, you were the best!

Rest well, you left many hearts and souls here on Earth warm and closer to Hashem.

What more can you ask for?

you are very dear to all of us.

he will be missed
January 10, 2011 4:17 pm

he will be missed

when is the levaya?
January 10, 2011 4:16 pm
PC camper
January 10, 2011 4:14 pm

There’s gonna be a ressurection!! I fondly remember his concerts at Pardas Chana!

January 10, 2011 4:06 pm

his songs penetrated to the heart we will miss u

A legend
January 10, 2011 4:04 pm

BDE Very sad to hear the news. 🙁


moshe yess a"h fan
January 10, 2011 3:48 pm

jewish music legend gone.

January 10, 2011 3:47 pm

How sad.
Here is a link of him singing Zaidy.


real king
January 10, 2011 3:45 pm

I he was, without a question, not only the real king of jewish music, but also the only real talent on the scene. He was not mearly an impersonator, as most presumed kings of today’s music are. He was doing his own thing.

1 of a kind
January 10, 2011 3:45 pm

Baruch Dayan Haemes.

Old Detroiter
January 10, 2011 3:45 pm

Many years ago he performed for Chabad of Detroit as part of Megama – they were great and their music was great. His family should be proud of him as a Chassid and as a musician. Boruch Dayan Emes.

azkir al hatzion
January 10, 2011 3:34 pm

what a meshichist!!! he was!!! he will truly truly be missed.

January 10, 2011 3:28 pm

Baruch dayan haemes. I love his songs!!! He made HaRabi Shlita song

azkir al hatzion
January 10, 2011 3:27 pm

what a meshichist!!! he was!!! he will truly truly be missed.

January 10, 2011 3:25 pm

wow what a gr8 guy he was
i remember when i was a kid in camp (chayolei) and he came to play he was just great

like his song said:
January 10, 2011 3:25 pm


many songs about jewish pride
January 10, 2011 3:24 pm

may His neshama go to Gan Eden

Haven't heard from him playing live for a number of years.
January 10, 2011 3:24 pm

No wonder, no one knew what was going on? All I can say is I have enjoyed many warm happy kumzitses with him singing at Toronto Shabbatons…… back in the early 70s

"Me and my Beis Moshiach Magazine"
January 10, 2011 3:21 pm

“Who will be the Zaidy of my children”

January 10, 2011 3:19 pm

Like #1 said, a good yid!

The world will miss him!

There were few and no one like him.

So sad to hear!
January 10, 2011 3:14 pm

He was such an amazing talent and sincere person. What a gift to the Jewish world!

Boruch Dayan Ha-emes,

January 10, 2011 3:07 pm

a good yid