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Every Soul’s A Story

Braha Bender

In 2005, Moran Sabbah was offered a record deal by Sony: a $50,000 advance for the rights to pour half a million dollars into her music career. The deal would cover five albums in five years, extensive travel and fame in the bag — with royalties. She turned it down. For Torah.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Sitting in the Gerard Behar Theatre, Moran’s rich and lilting soprano crashing over me, I knew she was a woman I wanted to meet. The short biographical sketch in the program only increased my curiosity: Moran Sabbah (nee Rotman) had ditched her flourishing career as a rock and pop icon, and bought into a new set of dreams. And there she was, singing to us.

I introduced myself after the show, a single face among a crowd of admiring onlookers and fans. It wasn’t until two years ago, when I walked into a woman’s shiur and couldn’t quite place the face beneath the twisting, colorful scarves piled high on her head, that I had a chance to hear Moran’s story firsthand. And what a story it is.

 

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