Zacharia’s Beautiful Mystery

The worldwide release of a hot new CD – right here on Aish.com.

Click here to download tracks from
“Beautiful Mystery” – for free!

The journey of singer-songwriter Zacharia is filled with twists and turns and stunning surprises.

Born in Toronto, Zach was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer known as "Burkitts Lymphoma" at the age of 11. While enduring six months of intense chemotherapy, Zach was visited by the Starlight Foundation, which offered him one wish for anything he desired. To the surprise of everyone, Zach asked for a guitar, amp and lessons. “My sister was probably hoping I’d ask for a Disney cruise,” says Zach.

Eli and Zack

Flash forward 15 years to 2009. Zach had been on a spiritual journey which led him to Aish HaTorah in Jerusalem. One day he was attending a presentation by New York musician/producer Eli Schwebel. “I was talking and playing some songs, and one of the students – Zach – asked if he could use my guitar for a minute,” Schwebel recalls. “He started to play the most incredible song, with a beautiful voice and an amazing soulful style. I was blown away and I asked him, ‘Whose song is that?’ He looked up and I said, ‘It’s my song. It’s called Beautiful Mystery’.”

Schwebel sprung into action and booked a recording studio for the next day. In the course of the next two years, criss-crossing two continents and three countries, Zach wrote and recorded the 12 tracks encompassing his debut album, aptly titled "Beautiful Mystery."

Zach’s style is intimate, reminiscent of James Taylor, Bob Dylan and Paul Simon. Though his inspiration often comes from classical Jewish sources, the themes are universal.

“The typical partying themes are really boring for me,” says Zach. “With everything I’ve been through in life, and with the deeper thinking that Torah study has provided, my songs are more introspective.”

Like poetry, Zach’s lyrics are open to interpretation and can apply the message to your own situation in life. “I enjoy word plays, and using subtle devices to describe a mood,” he says. “My music is for people who want to grow.”

Coming full circle, Zach is now releasing the album under the sponsorship of the same organizations that set him on this course: the Starlight Foundation and Aish HaTorah.

"Aish took me beyond the surface of Jewish ritual and gave me the opportunity to taste the full beauty and power of Judaism. And even more, they gave me the support and space I needed to set my own pace and make my own choice.”

This year marks another milestone in Zach’s young life: Now 16 years cancer free, he will be getting married in June to a young woman he met at Aish Toronto.

Click here to download tracks from “Beautiful Mystery” – for free!


Comments (39)

(39) Elisha, July 18, 2016 4:28 PM

Amazing songwriter and musician - What is he up to now?

If I had to think of an album whose greatness is matched by its obscurity, this would be it. Every song a gem, but almost no one has heard it....
Does he have more music? Does he tour?

(38) Shoshana Hamburg, January 19, 2015 12:33 PM

Your music is beautiful and insipational keep it coming!!

I've only recently heard your music.. Quality and inspirational!. We all love it! We want more! Please keep it coming!!

(37) Anonymous, January 13, 2014 8:53 PM

AWESOME

As a guiarist I can say that your music is stunning - guitar, vocals and other arrangement. It's nice to hear a fresh style within JM - keep it coming! Thanks.

(36) lil birdie, February 20, 2011 8:10 AM

After listening to this nothing else is good enough! There's something brilliant, soul-lifting, calming, yet exhilirating about this music. Please keep it coming!! It's much needed!

(35) Anonymous, May 28, 2010 2:54 PM

Such Beautiful Music

As a musician for 20 years I can say that this is the best Jewish music I've heard. Zacharia, you are seriously talented. Keep the music coming!

(34) Schickler, May 27, 2010 3:20 PM

this is fantastic

i absolutely love this cd. keep making more music !

(33) Anonymous, May 26, 2010 7:15 PM

Loved the music would love for you to share the story and music with congregation around the Holiday's so we can be a blessing to your cause

(32) Anonymous, May 24, 2010 10:50 PM

Awesome!

Mazel tov! Mazel tov! on your engagement! Your music is awesome, totally magnificent. And much needed. Thank you!

(31) Betsy Warman, May 11, 2010 8:52 PM

You

You are truly a great inspiration!!! Love your voice and story. We have a grandchild who is totally wheelchair bound and unable to do anything for herself. You are great!!!

(30) Sam Glaser, May 11, 2010 7:48 PM

amazing music

Zack...I've been loving your CD...it's a work of art and you should be proud.

(29) Dr. Alex Pister, May 9, 2010 7:01 PM

Congrats Zack!

Zack, Congrats and Hatzlochah Rabbah! You're a very talented young man. Your Kalah did a great job at our daughter's Chasanah running the show. We're looking forward to dancing at your Chasanah!

(28) Davi, May 6, 2010 3:55 AM

Thank

Thanks for your music, is magnificent! The letter is an inspiration. Shalom!!! Sorry my english.

(27) Anonymous, May 6, 2010 2:22 AM

Wow... beautiful. Mazal tov on your upcoming marriage. I can't listen to anything else once hearing these real, soulful songs. My favorites are Shine, Beautiful Mystery, Bottom of the Bottle, and Home. Please keep them coming! We need more music like this. Can you give the lyrics?

(26) Ck, May 6, 2010 1:38 AM

Thank you.

I can seriously feel your emunah. Thank you for sharing your inspiration.

(25) Alan, May 5, 2010 1:37 PM

A beautiful story. Brought tears to my eyes.

(24) Orit G., May 5, 2010 12:52 PM

Your music

Love your music.You have a great "Neshomah". Hope you become wellknown and a houshold name all over the world.More people like you are needed in the world for "Tikun-Olam"and love of hashem. Mazal-Tov on your upcoming marridge.

(23) Josh, May 5, 2010 7:35 AM

Mazaltov! on your up coming wedding

Dear Zach I just finish reading and listening to your story, I could be your father, and made cry tears of joy and happiness. I want to send you from the deepes of my soul the best brocha for your coming life as a married man, may you and your wife merit to have many children, in good health and to bring them up in the ways of our Torah, and Mitsvotz, Ahavas Hashem and Klaal Yisrael. May you and all your family be blesed with long life and all the best that Hashem can bestow upon you. Your eternal friend: Yehoshua Soto, South Africa.

(22) Iris Moskovitz, May 5, 2010 12:50 AM

What an awesome individual. Good luck in life!

Watching your courage and pure trust in God, has simply given me the inspiration I need now in my life. Mazel Tov on your upcoming marriage. May Hashem shower you with good health, happiness and may all your tefillos be answered for only good. By the way , I am sending greetings to Aviva Krainess and her family, whom are sorely missed in Cleveland.(Comment #9)

(21) Miriam, May 4, 2010 3:07 PM

The music is beautiful!

Each song was so pleasant to listen to and the words are meaningful. Much success in the future....... Miriam

(20) andria, May 4, 2010 2:36 PM

Thank you

Thank you for sharing your story. May Hashem bless you and keep you. Mazel Tov on your upcoming marriage.

(19) e svirsky, May 4, 2010 2:28 PM

mazal tov you did it

mazal tov you did it

(18) Felix Delgado, May 4, 2010 3:38 AM

Direct contact

Conneting your inner essence with the HigherEssence,which is where your inner essence comes from.Any thing is possible,Think about it if any thing is possible for the HigherEssence why not for us?Zach thank you the inspiering story and music.Also lots thanks to Aish ha Torah.

(17) Marcey, May 3, 2010 10:50 PM

So Inspirational

Zack my friend, it has been a looooong time and I am so proud of you! Hashem should grant you brachas and only good things!

(16) ruth housman, May 3, 2010 9:29 PM

The ARIA in ZACHARIA

Hi Zach, my daughter Lisa and her husband Dave Falk are musicians who write their own music and play sometimes with their own group, called Sweet Wednesday. I was so taken by your story and your most beautiful music. My life has taken me on a profound journey of soul and all that you say on line here, in this video, so mirrors what I have been trying to communicate in depth for a long time. In fact, I keep a Diary about these things, and on the outside I had written, on the folder beginning April 26, The ARIA in ARIADNE. It's a WEB, a beautiful web that is deeply about love. And we're all of us connected more than we ever thought possible. With best wishes to a loving and wonderful young man. I see you are getting married in Toronto. My sister lives there. MAZEL TOV! in truth/ruth

(15) Anonymous, May 3, 2010 8:42 PM

You're so inspiring!

I am really inspired by your strength of character, your courage, and your music- so beautiful! I am a bit of a songwriter myself, and I appreciate your pure style; not many singers can master such self- expression and do it justice with their music- your'e an artist. Thank you for the inspiration!- (btw, where can i get a hold of your album?)

(14) yitz greenman, May 3, 2010 8:42 PM

great story, great music

thanks for adding to so many others

(13) Avraham R, May 3, 2010 4:40 PM

A great new voice in Jewish music...

May it open many doors.

(12) Uri, May 3, 2010 1:11 PM

a real role model for today's youth

May Hashem bless you and help you spread this beautiful message all over. May you always go from strenght to strenght!

(11) Joel B., May 3, 2010 12:48 PM

Amazing album, great job Zack and Eli Schwabez...

Great music, can't get enough of it... Eli, you never stop amazing us with your talents for music. Zack you rock!

(10) Irwin Durbach, May 3, 2010 12:38 PM

YOU MAKE ME SO PROUD!!

Zack, You have grown so much since our days together at Aish Jerusalem. You inspire people, you entertain people, you motivate people. You have it within you to touch and change people. Just believe in yourself and you will reach the stars. I love and you keep on playing You really make me so proud to know you.

(9) aviva krainess, May 3, 2010 11:58 AM

your story real touched my heart !

ii am a 10 year old girl who is sick. soi understand what you went threw. i enjoyed your story very much! i take 22 pills a day and my mother gives me a shot everday and i dont cry. and i became blind in one eye from the steriods iam still taking. i know that hasem gives me the strenth ever day to get threw my pains in my body. thank you very much aviva

(8) Rick, May 2, 2010 7:17 PM

Zach, you're an inspiration

Love you brother, keep feeding the world your beautiful music. It needs it now more than ever.

(7) Roberto Ben Noach, May 2, 2010 7:12 PM

An amazing album

I've just bought today by itunes the Album. It's very amazing, with good strings pieces and a rythm always well spreaded in any songs. Like it's spreading the love for our Creator. Marvellous album!

(6) Yona Lebana, May 2, 2010 6:49 PM

THANKS.:)

THANKS, THANKS, THANKS Y MIL THANKS DESDE SEFARAD!)

(5) Cassie, May 2, 2010 4:52 PM

Amazing

Amazing article Zach. and very touching. Please keep in touch. Best regards, Cassie

(4) tammy wellman, May 2, 2010 3:37 PM

TOUCHED MY HEART !

Thank You for sharing your story. It gives me strength in my own health struggles. Your music is BEAUTIFUL !

(3) Sam The Seeker, May 2, 2010 1:11 PM

Reb Noah Zal Said It

Reb Noah Zal always said "we all pray. everyone!' Beautiful. Zacharya, please keep on praying. Pray for love, peace, and brotherhood. pray for all tthose beautiful children. pray for their parents. pray for israel. prayfor the messiah....

(2) jordan, May 2, 2010 11:49 AM

beautiful!

great film, great music! thanks for the change of pace

(1) Alan S., May 2, 2010 9:43 AM

Magnificent, inspirational and entertaining. Few other artists can do that. Yasher koach to Zacharia!

 

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