Monday, October 30, 2017

Un Mir Zaynen Ale Brider

Yiddish Performance of the Week

Un Mir Zaynen Ale Brider (“And We are All Brothers”) is a traditional Yiddish folk song and a long-time favourite of the old-time leftist-leaning Yiddish workers and labour movement. The lyrics are based on a poem (“Akhdes” or Unity) by Morris Winchevsky [born as Leopold Benzion Novokhovitch in Yanove, Lithuania in 1856–died in New York City in 1932], who himself is an interesting and important figure in di Yidisher velt. Speaking of which, you can also listen to another inspiring version performed by The Yiddish Community Chorus of Boston Workmen’s Circle. This wonderful and energetic song, about the desire and need for Jewish unity, has helped and encouraged me to think about this: Yidn kenen hobn file meynungen, ober dos zol keynmol teyln aundz. mir zenen, nokh ale, eyn mentshn.
Via: Youtube

Un Mir Zaynen Ale Brider
by Morris Winchevsky

Un mir zaynen ale brider, oy, oy, ale brider Un mir zingen freylekhe lider, oy, oy, oy Un mir haltn zikh in eynem, oy, oy, zikh in eynem Azelkhes iz nito bay keynem, oy, oy, oy Oy, oy, oy... Un mir zaynen ale eynik, oy, oy, ale eynik Tsi mir zayen fil tsi veynik, oy, oy, oy Un mir libn zikh dokh ale, oy, oy, zikh dokh ale Vi a khosn mit a kale, oy, oy, oy Oy, oy, oy... Un mir zaynen ale shvester, oy, oy, ale shvester Azoy vi Rochl, Ruth, un Esther, oy, oy, oy Un mir zaynen ale freylekh, oy, oy, ale freylekh Vi Yoynoson un Dovid HaMelekh, oy, oy, oy



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