David Linn and his brother Chaim are the cover story of this week’s Hamodia, so we thought it was appropriate that we repost this piece and the great song Chaim wrote: Davey Pray mentioned in the Hamodia article.
Yasher Koach also to regular Beyond BT contributor Michael Gros for penning the article.
Live on the Radio: The Seeds of Teshuva of a Nascent Rock Star
I previously posted a little bit of my brother’s story here. Here’s the prelude.
Back when Chaim was Jonny, he and I lived in different worlds. He on the West Coast, I, in the East. He, a bohemian dabbling in New Age religion and eventually “Messianic Judaism”, I, an observant BT. He, fully living the life of a single, recent college grad, I, a Law School Student in my Shana Rishona (first year of marriage) expecting my first child.
The best advice anyone ever gave me was my Rov telling me not to cut ties with my brother, even after he wrote me a letter advising that he had accepted Jesus as the messiah. My Rov told me “Let him know that you think what he’s doing is wrong but tell him you love him and will always love him and tell him that you will be there for him if he ever needs you. Do not cut him off!”
Jonny was the lead singer of an up and coming West Coast band that was gaining popularity, playing larger venues and starting to get some radio play. The band was invited into the local radio station to do one of those live in-studio interview/jam session shows that populate Sunday radio. At one point in the interview, the host asked Jonny to intro a song he had written for me, “Davey Pray”. Jonny and I had pretty much come to the same crossroads in life by way of separate trips to Poland. After my trip, I had begun exploring yiddishkeit. After his trip, he became completely disenchanted with Judaism.
“Davey Pray” captures many things: my being the only “religious” one in the family, the fact that Jonny and I had, nonetheless, retained our relationship and the pintele yid crying out “Well, I don’t understand but I want you to know if there’s something you know that the rest of us don’t, Davey pray for me, pray for me…”
As some of you know, Jonny, now Chaim, is now a frum Jew living with his beautiful family in Jersey. Check out the pintele yid and the power of love in Davey Pray, recorded live on the air, in studio at KBOL in Boulder, Colorado.
Originally Posted on June 27, 2006