Wednesday, April 11, 2018

The Yidsher Neshomah of Moyshe Kulbak

Moyshe Kulbak [born in 1896 in Smarhoń–died 1937 near Minsk, Belarus] was a poet, novelist, playwright and teacher. This program is hosted by Boris Sandler for the Forverts; it originally aired on March 20, 2015. For more, go [here] and [here] and [here]; and to hear the emotional expressive Louis Harry Danto [born in 1929 in Suwalki, Poland–died in 2010 in Toronto, Ontario] sing an excellent version of “Shterndl” (1916), you can go [here]. Danto was cantor at Beth Emeth Bais Yehuda synagogue, in Toronto, from 1973 until his retirement in 1998. As for this particular poem. Yiddishkayt offers this much by way of information: “The poem, written in a folk style, was the prayer of a Jewish soldier, separated from his family and his hometown while stationed at the front. “Shterndl” (or “Little Star”) was set to music and became extremely popular, so much so that it was often credited in various publications as an anonymous folksong.”
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