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“A bayshpil”, sung by Jacob Gorelik

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Jacob (Yankev) Gorelik was born in Schedrin (Shchadryn, Scadryn) Belarus, and came to the US in the 1920s. This performance was recorded at a concert in New York City on…

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Mentshn-Fresser, feat. Sveta Kundish & Daniel Kahn. This 100-Year-Old Yiddish Pandemic Song Could Have Been Written Today

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In 1916, Solomon Smulevitz, a Yiddish musician and entertainer who immigrated to America from Belarus, wrote “Mentshn-Fresser.” The song’s title means “man eater,” or “devourer of mankind.” Written by Solomon…

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“A dank dir, mayn lebn” – Chilean classic “Gracias a la vida”, sung in Yiddish by Roman Grinberg

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Maybe the most beautiful hymn to life ever written with no need of further introductions or explanations. It is a song telling everything in itself, and going directly inside the…

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Boris Sandler, Treplekh aroyf tsu a nes: a sibe far a mesibe

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On Sunday 12 July 2020, the Congress for Jewish Culture together with the California Institute for Yiddish Culture and Language, and Yung Yidish of Tel Aviv honored the Yiddish writer…

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July 15, 1913: Avrom Sutskever, great Yiddish poet, is born

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(1913–2010), Yiddish poet. Born in Smorgon’, a small industrial city southeast of Vilna, Avrom Sutzkever spent his early childhood in Omsk, Siberia, where his parents took refuge from the invading German…

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Vira Lozinsky sings a love song to Paris

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Vira Lozinsky, one of today’s outstanding Yiddish singers,blends her singing with a variety of musical styles from East European folk (Klezmer, Gypsy, Romanian, Russian) to South American Tangos. Her repertoire…

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Paul Robeson sang in Yiddish

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I still remember the rich bass baritone voice of  Paul Robeson singing  “Old Man River” in the 1936 movie Show Boat. That was his song and I thought no one else could match his…

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Four Yiddish songs to honor The Fourth of July

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Four Yiddish songs to honor The Fourth of July — English translations provided — Performed by the Jewish People’s Philharmonic Chorus / JPPC Binyumen Schaechter, Conductor “The Star-Spangled Banner” in Yiddish!…

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Why are Yiddish Songs So Popular Now?

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Join Rukhl Schaechter, editor of the Forverts, as she explores the growing interest in Yiddish music, with singers Lorin Sklamberg, Daniel Kahn, Sarah Gordon, Michael Alpert and folksong maven Itzik…

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This New Beatles Yiddish Cover Is Making Us Feel Fine

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The Chicago-based a cappella music group Listen Up! has given us some really great music, from this “Old Town Road” remix using the words of Dror Yikra, to this great a cappella cover of Matishyahu’s…

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