01st
July
A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, and bitter weeping; Rahel weeping for her children refused to be comforted for her children, because they were not.

A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, and bitter weeping; Rahel weeping for her children refused to be comforted for her children, because they were not.

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ANTWERP: THE LAST SHTETL IN EUROPE

A walk through Antwerp’s traditional Jewish quarter, just across from the central train station, is like a visit to Europe’s last shtetl. About 20,000 Jews live in the Belgian port city, most of them Hasidic or quite orthodox. Yiddish is often the language of choice. Long-bearded men with distinctive fur hats and black overcoats exchange greetings, while children ride bikes in front of jewelry shops, their long sidelocks swaying cheerfully.

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Rabbi in Crimea Escapes with Torah Scroll

Crimea’s Chabad Rabbi Yitzchak Meyer Lipszyc Crimea’s Chabad Rabbi Yitzchak Meyer Lipszyc escaped Crimea with his wife – and a Torah scroll – on the last train that left the area before the Russian sealed it off.

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Orthodox Jews Rock Out ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’ In Jerusalem

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Very funny song in Yiddish, enjoy!

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A 1988 poster advertises a performance by Gino Cohen’s Orchestra

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Hello my dear friends!

Rejoice and dance around the Menorah, enjoy this Hanukkah traditional melody and sing with your family>

Wishing you a Freilach Hanukkah!


חנוכה, אוי חנוכה

חנוכה, אוי חנוכה, אַ יום-טוב אַ שיינער,
אַ לוסטיקער, אַ פריילעכער, ניטאָ נאָך אַזוינער.
אַלע נאַכט אין דריידלעך שפילן מיר,
זודיק הייסע לאַטקעס עסן מיר.

געשווינדער, צינדט קינדער
די דינינקע ליכטעלעך אָן.
זאָגט על הנסים, לויבט גאָט פאַר די נסים,
און קומט גיכער טאַנצן אין קאָן.

יהודה האָט פאַרטריבן דעם שונא, דעם רוצח,
און האָט אין בית המקדש געזונגען למנצח.
די שטאָט ירושלים האָט ווידער אויפגעלעבט,
און צו אַ נייעם לעבן האָט יעדערער געשטרעבט.

געשווינדער, צינדט קינדער
די דינינקע ליכטעלעך אָן.
זאָגט על הנסים, לויבט גאָט פאַר די נסים,
און קומט גיכער טאַנצן אין קאָן.

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Tonight, BBC1 will show a documentary on the Jews who made the Broadway musicals. Must be something in the air.

With these considerations in mind, let me offer a new video performance of what I think is the archetype Yiddish lullably, Almonds and Raisins. The soprano is Talia Dishon, in the vocal quartet Alla Breve. See what you think.

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Connecting the Shtetl to the 21st century

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20th
September
Where are you?

Where are you?

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