Avraham Fried

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Avraham Fried
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Avraham Fried in 2010
Background information
Birth nameAvraham Shabsi (HaKohen) Friedman
Born (1959-03-22) March 22, 1959 (age 59)
OriginNew York City
GenresContemporary Jewish religious music
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, musician
Years active1981–present
LabelsSameach, Aderet
WebsiteAvrahamfried.com Facebook Page

Avraham Shabsi Hakohen Friedman (Hebrew: אברהם שבתי הכהן‎, born March 22, 1959) better known by his stage name, Avraham Fried,[1] is a popular musical entertainer in the Orthodox Jewish community.


Fried was encouraged towards a music career by Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the rebbe of Lubavitch, Mordechai Ben David and producer Sheya Mendlowitz.[citation needed] Fried began his career with the release of his first album No Jew Will Be Left Behind in 1981. The title song was composed by Yossi Green and the song "Kel Hahodaos" was written by Rabbi Boruch Chait / Kol Salonica.[2] Fried went on to collaborate with Green on eight albums.[3] Green is credited with some of Fried's biggest hits, including "Aderaba", "Tanya", and "Didoh Bei".[4]

In summer 2009, Fried made a concert tour in Israel where he introduced Israeli singer and composer Chanan Yovel and featured the songs "Rak T'filla" and "U'Nesane Tokef". His first DVD was released in December 2009.[citation needed]

Musical style[edit]

His music is mostly categorized as pop Jewish music,[5] similar to Mordechai ben David and tends to integrate many styles of popular music, including pop, rock and jazz, with Jewish lyrics and themes.[citation needed] He also has a few "cantor" style songs on most of his albums, as well as many songs written in Yiddish. He sings his Yiddish songs with a Chabad flavor.

Family background[edit]

Fried's grandfather, Rabbi Meir Yisroel Isser Friedman, was the Rav of Krenitz, a renowned halakhist and Sanzer Hasid. After World War II he resided in Borough Park, Brooklyn. His father, Yaakov Moshe Friedman, OBM, was a Hasid of the Rebbe of Bluzhov, and worked as an administrator at the United Lubavitcher Yeshiva in Crown Heights for 40 years.[6]

Fried is the youngest of eight children of the Friedman family. He has five brothers and two sisters.[6] Fried and his siblings were all educated in Lubavitcher institutions, becoming Lubavitcher Hasidim.[6] His brothers are all involved in Chabad outreach; his brother, Rabbi Manis Friedman, is an author, lecturer and shaliach (emissary) in St. Paul, Minnesota.[6][7] Benzion and Eliyahu are shlichim in Overland Park, Kansas, and Safed, Israel, respectively.[6] Yossi works at the Kehot Publication Society and Shlomo at Merkos L'Inyonei Chinuch.[6] Two sisters, Feige Green in Florida and Ita Marcus in California, are also engaged in outreach.[6]

His nephews include Jewish singers Benny Friedman (son of Manis), Eli Marcus & Shmuel and Bentzi Marcus (sons of Ita) of 8th Day, and Simche Friedman.[6][8]

Fried and his wife have six children and they live in Crown Heights.[6] He is a Kohen.[6]


  • No Jew Will Be Left Behind (1981)
  • The Time Is Now (1982)
  • Forever One (1983)
  • You're Never Alone (formerly Holyland's Greatest Hits, which includes other groups) (1986)
  • Melaveh Malka with Avraham Fried (1984)
  • Goodbye Golus (1985)
  • Around the Year Volume 2 (1986)
  • The Good Old Days (1992)
  • We Are Ready (1988)
  • Around the Year Volume 3 (1989)
  • Aderaba (1991)
  • Yiddish Gems Volume 1 (1992)
  • Hebrew Gems Volume 1 (1992)
  • Shtar Hatna'im (1993)
  • Yiddish Gems Volume 2 (1994)
  • Hebrew Gems Volume 2 (1994)
  • Bracha V'Hatzlacha (1995)
  • Im Eshkachaich Yerushalayim (2 CDs) (1996)
  • Hupp Cossack! (1996)
  • All the Best (1997)
  • Chazak (1997)
  • The Baal Shem Tov's Song (1998)
  • My Fellow Jew - Yochid V'rabim (2001)
  • Avraham Fried Live! (2001)
  • Avinu Malkeinu (2003)
  • Bein Kach U'vein Kach (2006)
  • Niggunim of Zeide Friedman (2008)
  • Yankel Yankel (2009)
  • 30 Hits, One Collection (2009)
  • Live In Israel (2009)
  • Keep Climbing (2012)
  • Ah Mechayeh! (2013)
  • Bring The House Down (2016)
  • Kama Tov Shenifgashnu (2017)

Other solos and singles[edit]

  • 1971: Eliyohu Hanovee and V'hu Rachum (child solos) [part of Eli Lipsker albums]
  • 1971:V'nikeisi Damam (solo) [part of S'dei Chemed International Vol. 1] (also heard on Goodbye Golus)
  • 1972: Hakshiva (solo) [part of Pirchei sings Al Chomosayich]
  • 1976: V'hi Sheamdah (solo) [part of Nichoach vol. 8]
  • 1980: A Moment of Meditation (Arukah M'eretz Midah) & Gam Ki Eileich (singles) [part of Amudai Shaish Wedding Album] (first promo for the Jewish music scene)
  • 1981: V'hu K'chasan & Asher Bara/Chaim Shetehei Banu (singles) [part of Suki with a Touch of Ding 2; re-released as The Greatest Wedding Collection 2]
  • 1981: Hodu Lahashem & Bo'ee V'shalom (solos) [part of Kol Naim Choir Sings the Best of Chaim Banet] (as Avraham Friedman)
  • 1982: Shuvi Nafshi, Habot'chim, Pikudei & Mi Ho'ish (solos) [part of Amudai Shaish Volume 3]
  • 1983: Al Kein Tzion (single) [part of Yerushalayim All-Star Cast]
  • 1985: His'halelu, Stoliner Niggun, & Hashem's the World (singles) [part of Torah All-Star Cast]
  • 1984: Pikudei Hashem & Ki L'cha Tov (singles) [part of Simcha All-Star Cast]
  • 1987: Kol Rina & Keili Atah (singles) [part of Hallel All-Star Cast]
  • 1987: Prok Yas Anach & Racheim B'chasdecha (solos) [part of MBD and Friends]
  • 2002: Aleh Katan Sheli (My Little Leaf) (single) (2002)
  • 2003: Moriah (single) [part of Mona 4]
  • 2005: Ani Choshev Aleichem (single)
  • 2007: Galei (single) [part of Afikoman (Oorah)]
  • 2008: Ma Oshiv (single) [part of Harei Yehudah]
  • 2008: Ge'ulah Sheleimah (single) [part of Kosher L'Pesach Bagels (Oorah)]
  • 2008: Hesech Hada'as (solo) [part of The 8th Note]
  • 2009: Rak T'filla (single)
  • 2009: Haazinu (solo/single)
  • 2009: The Song of Miracles (single)
  • 2010: Ki Hirbeisa (single)
  • 2010: Kinor (single) [part of Shmorg 2 (Oorah)]
  • 2010: Bar Yochai (single) [part of Kdai R' Shimon Bar Yochai - Teem Productions]
  • 2010: Hu Yivneh Bayis (single) [part of Hamenagnim, Fried and Friends]
  • 2011: Kama Tov Shenifgashnu (single)
  • 2014: Racheim (single) [part of Shir]
  • 2014: Oid Oid Oid (single) [part of The 2nd Dance 2]
  • 2015: Boruch Haba (single) [part of 6 All New Songs]
  • 2015: Ptach Libcha (solo/single)
  • 2015: Greit Zich (single)
  • 2016: Riboin Ho'olomim (single)
  • 2016: V'zakeinu (single) [part of Shabbat HaMalka 3]
  • 2016: Ata V'chartonu & Kad Yasvun (singles) [part of Shir 2]
  • 2016: Shuva Hashem (single) [part of Tzamah 3]
  • 2017: Maher (single)
  • 2017: Al Hasela (single) [part of Tzamah 4]
  • 2017: The Beinoni, Arba Bavos & Nyeh Zhuritze (singles) [part of The Nigunim]
  • 2018: Pikudei Hashem (single)
  • 2018: Mizmor L'soda (single) [part of Matana Tova]

Stage Appearances for HASC[edit]

Fried has appeared several times in the annual HASC concert to benefit Camp HASC (Hebrew Academy for Special Children), an organization that provides Jewish children with disabilities the chance to live a normal lifestyle. He most recently appeared in the 31st HASC concert, which took place at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in Manhattan on January 9, 2018.


  1. ^ Toker, Nati (April 16, 2009). "The new black music". Ha'aretz. Retrieved February 1, 2010.
  2. ^ Solomon, Lenny. "The Sheya Mendlowitz Story". Connections. Archived from the original on 2011-07-21. Retrieved 2009-10-30.
  3. ^ "Interview with Yossi Green". Cleveland Jewish Radio. 23 November 2003. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  4. ^ Abramovitch, Ilana; Galvin, Seán (2002). Jews of Brooklyn. UPNE. p. 194. ISBN 1584650036. (note 2)
  5. ^ Jerusalem Post, August 30, 2007[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Besser, Yisroel. "On the Wings of a Song". Mishpacha, March 20, 2013, pp. 84-101.
  7. ^ Bensoussan, Barbara. "Speaking to the Soul: Rabbis Manis and Benny Friedman use their talents to awaken the pintele Yid". Mishpacha Special Supplement: "A Father to Follow". Pesach 5771 (Spring 2011), pp. 18-25.
  8. ^ "You've Never Heard Such a Kaddish". collive. Jun 9, 2016. Retrieved 2018-06-12.

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