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“Ekh in mayn lyubitshke” Performed by Lifshe Schaechter-Widman

February 14, 2023

Ekh in mayn lyubitshke/I and My DarlingSung by Lifshe Schaechter-Widman [LSW], Recorded by Leybl Kahn, NYC 1954 Painting by Yosl Bergner (1920-2017) “The Wedding” Commentary by Itzik Gottesman  This song has the same melody as the folksong “Hot zikh mir di zip tsezipt” recorded by Ruth Rubin and can be heard as a field recording […]

“Der yold iz mir mekane” An Underworld Song Performed by Yetta Seidman

January 21, 2022

Der yold iz mir mekane / The fool envies meA song from the Jewish underworld sung by Yetta SeidmanRecorded by Gertrude Nitzberg, Baltimore 1979, collection of Jewish Museum of Maryland TRANSCRIPTION AND TRANSLATION (Yiddish transcription at the end of this post) Der yold iz mir mekane. Der yold iz mir mekane.Der yold iz mir mekane far […]

Shteyt of lavoydes-haboyre!: The Shulklaper’s Call to Prayer

October 1, 2021

Shteyt of lavoydes-haboyre! / Wake up to pray! Five versions of the call to prayer of the shulklaper in Eastern Europe. COMMENTARY BY ITZIK GOTTESMAN This week we present five different recordings of the call of the shulklaper or shammes [synagogue sexton] to the congregants to prayer. In the towns of Eastern Europe the shulklaper went door to door, knocking on the window shutters. […]

“Es dremlt in geto” Performed by Sara Rosen

July 4, 2021

Es dremlt in geto / The ghetto is sleepingA Holocaust song sung by Sara Rosen, recorded by Itzik Gottesman, 1989 NYC. ………[Es dremlt in geto] Mir zenen farrigltmit drut un mit krad.Ikh hob a shtetele, s’iż azoy sheyn. Ven ikh derman mekh,es benkt zikh aheym. …….[The ghetto is sleeping.] We are locked in with wire and with chalk.I […]

Lifshe Schaechter-Widman Performs “Ale meydelekh hobn khasene”

June 2, 2021

Ale meydelekh hobn khasene / All the Girls are Getting MarriedA children’s song sung by Lifshe Schaechter-Widman, recorded by Leybl Kahn 1954, NYC TRANSLITERATION  LSW’s son, Mordkhe Schaechter, introduces the song: “Nokh a kinderlid” – “Another children’s song.”Ale meydelekh hobn khasene,Eykh blab aleyn.Oy, mame, s’iz avadenit sheyn. Tate, gey afn ben-zukher,un kloyb mir oys a […]

“Zay zhe mir gezint, zay zhe mir gezint” Performed by Lifshe Schaechter-Widman

April 23, 2021

Zay zhe mir gezint, zay zhe mir gezint / Fare thee well, fare thee well.A version of “Di goldene pave”, sung by Lifshe Schaecter-Widman (LSW), recorded by Leybl Kahn, NYC 1954 Commentary by Itzik Gottesman This is LSW’s version of the old and popular song more commonly called “Di gildene/goldene pave”, the “Golden Peacock”. It seems […]

“A kheyder” from Simkhe Shvartz’s Kamelyon Theater Performed by Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman

March 10, 2021

A scene from Simkhe Shvartz’  Kamelyon theater in Chernovitz, Romania early 1930s.As remembered and sung by Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman [BSG], recorded by Itzik Gottesman, Bronx 1990s. Commentary by Itzik Gottesman. From right: Simkhe Shvarts, Itzik Manger, Helios Hecht, Rose Auslander, Chernovitz, 1934. Photo from Efrat Gal-Ed Niemandssprache BSG spoken:  Dus iz a sene vus Simkhe Shvarts hot ofgefirt in Chernovitz […]

“Shikhelekh” Performed by Gertrude Singer and Manya Bender

January 22, 2021

“שיכעלעך/Shikhelekh/Shoes” – An early American Yiddish theater song that crossed the Atlantic and came back. First version sung by Gertrude Singer, recorded by Gertrude Nitzberg, Baltimore 1979 from the archive of the Jewish Museum of Maryland. Second version sung by Manya Bender, recorded by Ruth Rubin 1950, NYC, found at the Ruth Rubin Archive, YIVO. Commentary […]

“Senderl (Ayzikl) mayn man” Performed by Rose Serbin and Bella Cutler

November 27, 2020

Senderl (Ayzikl) mayn man / Sender (or Ayzikl) My HusbandTwo versions Sung by Rose Serbin and Bella CutlerRuth Serbin recorded by Ruth Rubin in Patterson, New Jersey, 1956, from Ruth Rubin Archive at the YIVO Sound Archives. Bella Cutler recorded by Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman, 1988, in Daughters of Jacob Nursing Home, Bronx Bella Cutler version: Rose Serbin version: […]

“Erev-yon-kiper far der nakht”: A Yiddish Murder Ballad Performed by Yetta Seidman

October 1, 2020

Erev-yon-kiper far der nakht / The Eve of Yom Kippur A Yiddish murder ballad sung by Yetta Seidman, recorded by Gertrude Nitzberg for the Jewish Museum of Maryland, 1979. Commentary by Itzik Gottesman This is another variant of this once popular 19th century Yiddish murder ballad about a rejected lover shooting his beloved. We have previously […]