It is a moving testament to the power of music in times of adversity. Every morning during her captivity by Hamas, 85-year-old Israeli Yaffa Adar sang Andrea Bocelli’s songs, holding out hope that they would herald a better day, or even her release. When the famous Italian tenor heard about this, he sent an incredibly beautiful and emotional letter with a wonderful surprise to Jaffa. Song of hope.
Last week, 85-year-old Yaffa Adar shared how she survived 49 days of Hamas terror as a hostage. “Every morning I would sing Bocelli to myself and say, ‘Oh my God, maybe this will bring a good day.’ And I remembered that maybe I will be released today.
When the opera singer heard about this, he decided to send a message to the brave woman. Channel 12 showed the touching moment when Jaffa’s granddaughter read Bocelli’s letter to her.
“Dear Mrs. Jaffa Adar,” he writes. “I wish I could hug you!
“I want to thank you for the emotions your story aroused in all the people who had the privilege of hearing it, and especially in me, because I am, incredibly, a part of it.”
“Honestly, I never thought that my humble voice, this great gift that Heaven has given me, could one day be so important.”
“There is no award, no applause, no honor or recognition equal to your words, which I assure you I will never forget. Thanks to you, from now on I will sing with renewed enthusiasm, with renewed faith, and with new energy.
“I hope to meet you one day and sing to you alone what you want, to erase as much as possible the painful memory of those terrible days, which I cannot even imagine.”
“I deeply admire your courage, which is an example to all of us. From the other side of the ocean I send you my warmest greetings full of gratitude, admiration and affection.
Jaffa was also touched to hear these beautiful words. “Amazing! Awesome! Awesome! What an honor! Andrea Bocelli!” she exclaimed, hugging the letter to her chest.
“But there is something else,” says her granddaughter. “He wants to invite you, fly you to one of his shows. Or invite you to a private concert. “He was very moved by your story and it would be an honor for him to perform for you in a public concert or completely private.”
Jaffa could hardly believe it. “I’m also very touched. How wonderful. How incredible. ‘What an honour,’ she exclaims. ‘This is the highlight of my life.’
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