Qeriyath HaTorah this Shabbath is when the "Blessings and Curses" are read.
Last night, I had the pleasure of meeting a young man on the bus back from Tel-Aviv, a Jew who truly has received the "Blessings" (בלי עין הרע).
Gavriel Chouraki, a 20-year-old soldier in the Israeli Defense Forces [IDF], immigrated to Israel with his parents at the age of 10.
Blessed to escape the eventual devouring of France by Islam, blessed by the and blessed to reside in the Land of Israel, Gavriel has also been touched by the blessing of music!
Classically trained, Gavriel only recent began exploring the world of Jewish Music. At this year's Klezmer Festival in Tzfath, he was spontaneously invited up on stage by Israeli singer David d'Or.
His position in the IDF is that of Hayal Moreh, "Teaching Soldier," allowing him the opportunity to share his blessing with Israeli elementary school students.
Enjoy! Shabbath Shalom!