[Mendele] Mendele Personal Notices & Announcements--Looking for source and text of a song "in brooklyn in a shtibl..."

Victor Bers victor.bers at yale.edu
Mon Feb 9 14:29:13 EST 2009

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Dear Mendele readers,

I'm looking for the source and text of a Yiddish poem that an elderly
acquaintance recalls reciting  on stage as a pupil in the International
Workers Order Yiddish school in the Bronx around 1939. I'm transcribing her
perhaps imperfect recitation of this poem from memory:

In Brooklyn in a shtibl
on vent un on a dar [sic.] [dakh?  tir?]
hot dort gevoynt an eydl man
mit kinderlekh a sakh.

un dort iz nit geven keyn broyt
der oreman vet oyfshteyn.... velt
un geyt baym fus in Nyu-york
fardinen a bisl gelt...

The children ask their mother plaintively when the father will return, which
he does, carrying sacks filled with goodies, including chocolate.

A sheynem dank,
Kathryn Hellerstein
khellers at sas.upenn.edu

Dr. Kathryn Hellerstein
Associate Professor of Germanic Languages
Undergraduate Director, Jewish Studies Program
University of Pennsylvania
Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures
745 Williams Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305
(215) 898-7103
khellers at sas.upenn.edu



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