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“Farmutshet in fintserer tfise” Performed by Leo Summergrad

November 21, 2018

Farmutshet in fintserer tfise / Exhausted In a Dark Jail Sung by Leo Summergrad, recorded by Summergrad in 1959 Commentary by Itizk Gottesman Upon hearing a previous post Es hot geshneyet un geregnt sung by Esther Gold, Yiddish singer, song lover and collector Leo Summergrad wrote to say that the melody is similar not only to […]

“Erev-Yonkiper nokhn halbn tog” Performed by Yankl Goldman

September 14, 2018

Erev-Yonkiper nokhn halbn tog / On the Eve of Yom-kippur, In the Afternoon Sung by Yankl Goldman From the Ruth Rubin Legacy Archive of  Yiddish Folksongs, YIVO Institute, NYC Commentary by Itzik Gottesman This is a variation of the most common nineteenth century Yiddish murder ballad which often begins with “Tsvelef a zeyger”. But this version is unusual […]

Merke Levine Performs “Mayn harts, mayn harts”

June 27, 2018

Mayn harts, mayn harts / My heart, my heart Sung by Merke (Mary) Levine, recorded by Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman Bronx, July 6, 1991 Commentary by Itzik Gottesman The singer Merke (Mary) Levine was from Belarus and came to NY after the first world war. She lived in the Bronx and was active in the Yiddish left, and […]

“In Odes af a shteyn” Performed by Lifshe Schaechter-Widman

May 15, 2018

In Odes af a shteyn / In Odessa on a Stone A song about the 1905 Kiev Pogrom Sung by Lifshe Schaechter-Widman Recorded in 1960s Bronx by Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman Commentary by Itzik Gottesman In Odes af a shteyn is a variant of the previously posted pogrom ballad In Kiever gas. Lifshe Schaechter-Widman (LSW) tells us in […]

“Ver s’hot nor in blat gelezn: Der Bialystoker pogrom” Performed by Frahdl Post

April 18, 2018

Ver s’hot nor in blat gelezn: Der Bialystoker pogrom Whoever has Read the Newspaper: The Bialystok Pogrom Performance by Frahdl Post, Recorded by Wolf Younin 1970s. This week’s song was submitted by Henry Carrey. The singer Frahdl Post is his grandmother, the mother of a previously featured singer, Leah Post Carrey (aka Leyke Post). Frahdl was […]

“Af mayn tatns dakh” Performed by Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman

January 10, 2018

Af mayn tatns dakh (On My Father’s Roof) Performed by Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman (BSG) recorded by Itzik Gottesman, Bronx 1991. Commentary by Itzik Gottesman From 1947 to 1951 Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman (BSG)  lived in displaced persons camps in Vienna. Two of them were Arzberger and Rothschild Hospital where her husband, Jonas Gottesman was the chief physician. She […]

“Spi mladenets/Shluf mayn feygele” Performed by Esther Korshin

August 9, 2017

Commentary by Itzik Gottesman This week’s post features a medley that combines three distinct lullabies sung by Esther Korshin in 1946. Yiddish lullabies, as most Yiddish folksongs, are women’s folk poetry. But with the genre of lullaby the element of improvisation plays a bigger role as we see in this week’s post. Esther Korshin, August 1957. […]

“In toyznt naynhindert ferter yor” Performed by Feigl Yudin

April 7, 2017

Commentary by Itzik Gottesman. In toyznt naynhindert ferter yor (In the Year One Thousand Nine Hundred and Four), performed here by singer Feigl Yudin for a 1980 (circa) concert produced by the Balkan Arts Center (now the Center for Traditional Music and Dance) is one of a number of Yiddish songs about the Russo-Japanese war; a […]

“Az got hot bashafn mentshn af der velt” Performed by Ita Taub

October 20, 2016

Commentary by Itzik Gottesman Since we start reading the book of Breyshis (Genesis) this week of Sukes, I thought it would be appropriate to post this recording of Ita (Eda) Taub singing a song about Adam and Eve and the snake. I recorded it from her in 1984 at the Circle Lodge Workmen’s Circle camp in Hopewell […]

“Erev yon-kiper noent tsu kol-nidre” Performed by Sore Kessler

October 9, 2016

Commentary by Itzik Gottesman. The singer of this week’s ballad, Erev yon-kiper noent tsu kol-nidre (The Eve of Yom-kippur, Right Before Kol-Nidre), is Sarah (Sore) Kessler. The recording is from the Ruth Rubin Collection at YIVO. Rubin recorded it in 1949. This song tells of a Jewish girl running away with a non-Jewish boy on the eve of Yom-kippur. […]