Avraham Shabsi Hakohen Friedman (born March 22, 1959) better known by his stage name, Avraham Fried, is a popular musical entertainer in the Orthodox Jewish community.
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Fried was encouraged towards a music career by Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the rebbe of Lubavitch, and by Mordechai Ben David. 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 Kol Salonica. Fried went on to collaborate with Green on eight albums. Green is credited with some of Fried's biggest hits, including "Aderaba", "Tanya", and "Didoh Bei".
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.
His music is mostly categorized as pop Jewish music, similar to Mordechai ben David and tends to integrate many styles of popular music, including pop, rock and jazz, with Jewish lyrics and themes. 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.
Fried is the youngest of eight children of the Friedman family. He has five brothers and two sisters.
His father, Yaakov Moshe Friedman, was a hassid of the Rebbe of Bluzhov, and worked as an administrator at the United Lubavitcher Yeshiva in Crown Heights. Fried and his siblings were educated in Lubavitcher institutions, becoming Lubavitch Chassidim.
Fried's grandfather Rabbi Meir Yisroel Isser Friedman, was the Rav of Krenitz, a renowned halakhist and staunch chassid of Sanz (Sanz, Yiddish: צאנז Tsanz). After World War II he resided in Borough Park, Brooklyn.
Fried's brothers are involved in Lubavitch outreach; His brother, Rabbi Manis Friedman, is an author, lecturer and emissary in S. Paul, MN. Benzion and Eliyahu are emissaries in Overland Park, Kansas and Tzfas, Israel respectively. Yossi works at the Kehot Publication Society and Shlomo at the Lubavitch Youth Organization. His two sisters, Feige Green in Florida and Ita Marcus in California, are also engaged in outreach.
His nephews are Jewish singers Benny Friedman (son of Manis), and Shmuel and Bentzi Marcus (sons of Ita) of the Eighth Day Band.
Fried has six children and lives in Crown Heights.