By COLlive reporter
The song “It Happened Yom Kippur” which is sung at Chabad overnight camps around the world and even on Shabbos tables was written by Rabbi Gershon Sabol OBM who passed away on Sunday at the age of 64.
This song tells the story of a young Israeli soldier in need of special protection as he prepares to go into battle at the start of the Yom Kippur War. Rabbi Sabol, who headed organizations that assisted children with special needs, wrote the song as a color-war song for his team.
It happened Yom Kippur as they were praying,
A truck pulled up and the sergeants were saying,
War has broke out we need all our men,
To serve Lema’an Hashem.
Young Mottel turned around to his father beside him,
Father advise me before I go fight them,
Give me a Brocha I should have Hatzlocho,
And let’s hope we’ll meet again.
Oh Mottel my son, do not be dejected,
We have a Mezuzah you’ll be protected,
Set aside time during each day,
To study the Torah and pray.
Speak to our soldiers who will be with you,
Teach them B’chal D’rachecha De’eihu,
Hashem Yishmor Tzeischa, safe and secure,
Until you’ll be with us once more.
VIDEO: Sung by Mayer Rivkin and his son