Portland Jewish Hour

The Portland Jewish Hour

Jewish, Yiddish, Ladino, Klezmer, Israeli, Mizrahi and Sephardic Music and Culture

Every Sunday 10-11 am Pacific Time

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Episode Archive

Portland Jewish Hour on 07/27/14

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Sun, 07/27/2014 - 10:00am - 11:00am
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Jewish Music and Culture

Jewish classical music featured on this weekend's performance by Chamber Music Northwest

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Sun, 07/20/2014 - 10:00am - 11:00am
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Jewish classical music featured on this weekend's performance by Chamber Music Northwest

Hosted by Liz Schwartz. This week we'll focus on Jewish classical music, especially Argentinean composer Osvaldo Golijov's Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind, which is being performed this weekend at Chamber Music Northwest.

Portland Jewish Hour on 07/13/14

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Sun, 07/13/2014 - 10:00am - 11:00am
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Jewish Music and Culture

Portland Jewish Hour on 07/06/14

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Sun, 07/06/2014 - 10:00am - 11:00am
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Jewish Music and Culture

Portland Jewish Hour on 06/29/14

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Sun, 06/29/2014 - 10:00am - 11:00am
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Jewish Music and Culture

David Fuks stories

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Sun, 06/22/2014 - 10:00am - 11:00am
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Stories written and read by David Fuks
Hosted by Liz Schwartz, featuring writer and storyteller David Fuks reading his own works.

Father's Day/Pride

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Sun, 06/15/2014 - 10:00am - 11:00am
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Music for Father's Day and Pride
Hosted by Liz Schwartz, featuring music for Father's Day and Pride.

Portland Jewish Film Festival preview

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Sun, 06/08/2014 - 10:00am - 11:00am
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Preview of the 22nd annual Portland Jewish Film Festival

Hosted by Liz Schwartz. I'll be previewing the 22nd annual Portland Jewish Film Festival with Hal Nevis from the Institute For Judaic Studies. The PJFF begins June 15 and runs through June 29.

I.B. Singer and Golem walk into a bar...

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Sun, 06/01/2014 - 10:00am - 11:00am
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Live reading of I.B. Singer's story The Shot at Sarajevo; Golem's newest album Tantz/Cantor Ida Rae
Hosted by Liz Schwartz, featuring radio actor George Lederer reading an I.B. Singer story, The Shot at Sarajevo. I'll also be playing songs from the punk klezmer band Golem's just-released album Tantz, and I'll preview an upcoming recital of contemplative Jewish liturgical music by Cantor Ida Rae Cahana of Congregation Beth Israel.

Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day)

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Sun, 05/25/2014 - 10:00am - 11:00am
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Celebrating Jerusalem Day with music about the city

Celebrate Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day) with music about Jerusalem and musicians from Jerusalem. Hosted by Liz Schwartz

Audio

Jewish Hour featuring an interview wiht Professor Dianne Ashton about her new book, Hanukkah in America: a history.

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Sun, 12/22/2013
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Zamir Chorale of Boston Maoz Tsur Lights! BKM Associates zamir.org
Zamir Chorale of Boston Maoz Tsur Lights! BKM Associates zamir.org
Zamir Chorale of Boston Maoz Tsur (Della Vita) Lights! BKM Associates zamir.org
Zamir Chorale of Boston Maoz Tsur (By the Waters) Lights! BKM Associates zamir.org
Y-Love/Erran Baron Cohen My Hanukkah Songs in the Key of Hanukkah New Line Records www.amazon.com
Interview with Professor Dianne Ashton        
Shirim Klezmer Orchestra Kozatsky 'til you Dropsky A Klezmer Nutcracker Newport Classic www.shirim.com
Shirim Klezmer Orchestra Dance of the Latkes Queens A Klezmer Nutcracker Newport Classic www.shirim.com
Shirim Klezmer Orchestra March of the Macabees A Klezmer Nutcracker Newport Classic www.shirim.com
Shirim Klezmer Orchestra Araber Tants A Klezmer Nutcracker Newport Classic www.shirim.com
Shirim Klezmer Orchestra Tants Chinese A Klezmer Nutcracker Newport Classic www.shirim.com
Shirim Klezmer Orchestra Dance of the Dreydls A Klezmer Nutcracker Newport Classic www.shirim.com
Shirim Klezmer Orchestra Waltz of the Ruggelach A Klezmer Nutcracker Newport Classic www.shirim.com
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Kinnehora

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Sun, 07/07/2013

George Lederer talks about the concept of the Yiddish term "kinnehora" (without the evil eye), and reads a story by the same title, from author Jerome Weidman.

PYH-20130616- Eprhyme

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Sun, 06/16/2013

Jacob's Last Yiddish Hour Show, featuring an interview with Jewish Hip Hop Artist eprhyme.

Jacob Interviews Eprhyme on Portland Yiddish Hour

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Sun, 06/16/2013

An interview with Eprhyme, a Jewish hip hop artist who drew musical inspiration from the Pacific Northwest

June 9 Yiddish Hour

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Sun, 06/09/2013

the automagic archive was enjoying a Sunday stroll and not working! Here's the audio from the Yiddish Hour this last Sunday

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Eric Klein interview 5-26-2013

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Sun, 05/26/2013

Yiddish Hour host Barry Lavine interviews Portlander Eric Klein, who is working with Toronto writer Michael Wex on a project to translate the 1921 Classic Yiddish novel, "In Poylishe Velder" (In the Forests of Poland) into a free e-book for 2015.  Details can be found at www.michaelwex.com.  The actual project which requires YOUR donation is at http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/new-authorized-translation-of-a-classic-yiddish-novel-into-english?c=home

Ellen Cassedy Interview

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Sun, 02/10/2013

Interview with Ellen Cassedy, author of We Are Here: Memories of the Lithuanian Holocaust

Ellen Cassedy went to Vilnius, Lithuania in order to study Yiddish and connect with a place where some of her ancestry originated from.

Find out more at her website: http://www.ellencassedy.com/

Portland Jewish Hour Interview with Ilene Safyan and Beth Hamon

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Sun, 01/20/2013

Hosted by Liz Schwartz, featuring live interviews and performances with local composer/musicians Ilene Safyan and Beth Hamon.

A Prayer in Wake of a School Shooting

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Sun, 12/16/2012

This content aired as part of the Portland Yiddish Hour on December 16, 2012.  The prayer was written by Rabbi Menachem Creditor and is read by host Ed Kraus.  The music is Armenian duduk, played by Djivan Gasparyan.

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Interview with Alicia Jo Rabins of Girls in Trouble

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Sun, 07/01/2012

Liz Schwartz's interview with Alicia Jo Rabins, founder of Girls In Trouble, an original art-pop song cycle about women in Torah. GIT has released two albums with Jdub Records and has toured across the US, Canada, England, Italy and Sweden. Alicia is currently working on A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff, an experimental performance piece about the intersection of mysticism and finance, which will premiere in New York City in the autumn of 2012.

This interview first aired on the Portland Yiddish Hour on July 1, 2012. It also includes two new songs from Alicia: "Open the Ground," and "A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff" (the Kaddish was recorded at the LABA Festival at the 14th St. Y in New York City in May 2012).

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Playlists

Portland Yiddish Hour playlist for 06/24/2012

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06/24/2012
ArtistTitleAlbum
Artichaut OrkestraLa Grosse PommeT for Teresa
Yale Strom and ZmirosTiszaCaparti 50 Miles in 50 Years
Amsterdam Klezmer BandZarazaZaraza
Klezperanto!Rushin' SherKlezperanto!
Klezperanto!Ay Ya BibiKlezperanto!
Baith JaffeRabbi JoseleSing!-Gedenkst
Shawn's KugelSteve's 41Finger Play
Shawn's KugelSong of MedinahFinger Play
Kol SimchaShpiel esVoice of Joy
R. Aryeh HirshfieldSarah's NigunLet the Healing Begin
Ramon TasatNiggun BobovYom She Kuo Shabbat
German GoldenshteynKhosidlA Living Tradition
BudowitzGut MorgnMother Tounge
KlezmaticsAle briderShvaygn=Toyt

Host Ed Kraus

Portland Yiddish Hour playlist for 06/17/2012

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06/17/2012
ArtistTitleAlbum
Jim GuttmanPhiladelphia SherBessarabian Breakdown
Doyne, Hora, and Sirba
Bb Freylekhs
FinjanSharon's DanceDancing on Water
Bukovinska Polka
A Fish Out of Water
Flying Bulgar Klezmer BandCooking Bulgar(s)Agada
High Noon in Volgograd
Spirits
Amsterdam Klezmer BandPapa ChajesKatla
Katla
Desert Banjo

Hosted by Barry, playing music from two Canadian bands, as well as some other favorites.  No mention was made of fathers.

Portland Yiddish Hour playlist for 06/10/2012

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06/10/2012
ArtistTitleAlbumLabel
Massel KlezmorimSpilt se mir a Lidele in JiddischIs Gewein a FolkARC Music
Oksana SowiakDi mame is gegangenYiddish Songs
Der Rebe tanzt
Di Mesinke
A Cholem
JontefSaposchkelechKlezmer Music & Yiddish Songs
Massel KlezmorimDraj TechterlechIs Gewein A Folk
JontefRumenieKlezmer Music & Yiddish Songs
Chava AlbersteinIkh Shtey Unter A BokserboymThe Well
Di Naye KapelyeA Mazeldiker YidA Mazeldiker Yid
KlezmaticsSimchas Toyre TimeIn the Fiddler's House
Brave Old WorldBessarabiaIn the Fiddler's House

Hosted by Barry, thinking about the Yiddish language and its disappeared European culture.  We played a variety of Yiddish song and read exerpts from the Michael Chabon essay "Say it in Yiddish".  You can read the entire piece here:

http://mrbellersneighborhood.com/2002/02/say-it-in-yiddish

Portland Yiddish Hour playlist for 06/03/2012

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06/03/2012
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Shirim Klezmer OrchestraScheherazadePincus and the Pig: A Klezmer TaleTzadikshirim.com
Shirim Klezmer Orchestra/Maurice Sendak, narratorPincus and the PigPincus and the Pig: A Klezmer TaleTzadikshirim.com
Shirim Klezmer OrchestraWaltzPincus and the Pig: A Klezmer TaleTzadikshirim.com
Shirim Klezmer OrchestraMazzesinsel StrutPincus and the Pig: A Klezmer TaleTzadikshirim.com
Shirim Klezmer OrchestraRomanian Rhapsody EnescoKlezmer NutcrackerNewport Classicwww.shirim.com
Shirim Klezmer OrchestraSatie Gnossiene #1Klezmer NutcrackerNewport Classicwww.shirim.com
Shirim Klezmer OrchestraHungarian GhoulashKlezmer NutcrackerNewport Classicwww.shirim.com
Shirim Klezmer OrchestraTurk in AmericaKlezmer NutcrackerNewport Classicwww.shirim.com
Shirim Klezmer OrchestraRussian BulgarKlezmer NutcrackerNewport Classicwww.shirim.com

Hosted by Liz. A tribute to children's author Maurice Sendak, who died last month. Sendak narrates his adaptation of Peter and the Wolf, while the Shirim Klezmer Orchestra klezmerizes Prokofiev's music.

Portland Yiddish Hour playlist for 05/27/2012

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05/27/2012
ArtistTitleAlbumLink
Andy Statman & David GrismanShabbos WaltzSongs of Our Fathers
David BrozaBelibi (Con Sabreen) - בליביParking Completo
DarshanYotzer OrLishmah EPdarshanmusic.com
Yomranut KenaMakomsoundcloud.com
Jonah RankAngel ComeI'm Quitting the Music Businesswww.myspace.com
Nava TehilaDancing in the GloryDancing in the Glory
Hadag NahashMany Lights6
Ofra HazaIm Nin'alu
Ivri LiderLet's (Bo), Soundtrack version
Andy Statman & David GrismanFor the Sake of My Brothers and FriendsSongs of Our Fathers

 Shavuot themed show, with on-air guests Seth Kaplan, Reb Dovid the Info Shark, and Elan Gerzon.

Hosted by Jacob Rosenblum.

I'll put up Elan's telling of the story of the way Shavuot used to be practiced in the land of Canaan soon.

Portland Yiddish Hour playlist for 05/20/2012

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05/20/2012
ArtistTitleAlbum
Ot Azoj KlezmerbandEuropayische KolomeykaKlezmer for Kishinev
Terkishe Freilach
Nit Bay Motje
Glendi
Amsterdam Klezmer BandBanatZaraza
Op Een Goppe
Kolodobre
Frank London's Klezmer Brass All-StarsIn the Marketplace All is SubterfugeCarnival Conspiracy
Oh Agony, You are so Sweet Like Sugar I must to Eat You Up

Hosted by Barry - thanks to everyone who called in during the Spring Membership drive.

Portland Yiddish Hour playlist for 05/13/2012

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05/13/2012
ArtistTitleAlbum
Amsterdam Klezmer BandAlles Kan BeterZarara
Tim SparksA Few Bowls TerkishLittle Princess
Koby IsraelitePapa Don't TrillIs He Listening?
Etty Ben-ZakenViva OrduenaLadino Love Songs
Benjy Fox-RosenHudl Mitn StrudlTick Tock
OomphKazimierz (Reprise)Between Two Worlds
Idan RachielShe'erito Shel Ha'ChaimTraveling Home
David KrakauerMs N.C.Bubbemeises
David KrakauerMoskovitz and Loops of ItBibbemeises
Shawn's KugelMa Yafey HayomFinger Play

Host Ed Kraus

Happy Mother's Day!

Portland Yiddish Hour playlist for 05/06/2012

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05/06/2012
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KlezmorimThalassaFirst Recordings 1976-78Arhoolieklezmo.com
Naftule BrandweinNifty's FreilachKing of the Klezmer ClarinetRounderwww.klezmershack.com
New Orleans Klezmer AllstarsNaftoonyManichalfwitzwww.klezmershack.com
DeleonBen Semi SeverimCasataJDubwww.soundroots.org
DeleonBloomsCasataJDubwww.soundroots.org
Susan LevitonArbeter FroyenZingendik!susanlevitonarts.com
Scott GerberBin ich mir a SchayderlSongs of a Jewish Cowboywww.bonnieburt.com
Hank SapoznikMotl der OpreyterPearls of Yiddish SongThe Workmen's Circle
Di Naye KapelyeTraktoristTraktoristOriente Musikwww.dinayekapelye.com
Elaine Hoffman Watts/Susan WattsBagpolier FreilachI Remember Klezmer: the art of klezmer drummingwww.klezmershack.com
Jews Brothers BandTchavolo SwingMy Yiddish SwingRouge Recordswww.jewsbrothers.com
The Klez DispensersGoldenshteyn SirbasSay You'll Understandwww.klezdispensers.com

Hosted by Liz Schwartz. Thanks to everyone who's become a member during our spring membership drive. If you haven't yet renewed your membership, or if you've been thinking of becoming a member and haven't gotten around to it yet, now's the time! Just go to the top of the KBOO web site and click on the "Donate Today" tip jar in the upper right-hand corner. A toizn dank!

Portland Yiddish Hour playlist for 04/29/2012

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04/29/2012
ArtistTitleAlbum
UnknownHinne Ma TovKlezmer Melodies of Safed and the Galilee
Eynayim Lahem
LebedigKlezmerJewish soul music with clarinet
In the Caves of Hilel and Shamai
The Dance of the Saba
SulamVe'ulaiKlezmer Music from Tel Aviv
Schaeffer's Nign/Bottle Dance
KlezperantoSkotchneKlezperanto!
Tartar Tanz
In the Hills of Manchuria
A Night in Tunesia / Besaraber Khusidl
Klingon KlezmerParty at the End of the UniverseHoney, Would You Be Meshuga Tonight?

Hosted by Barry, playing Middle-Eastern-influenced klezmer music from three Israeli bands, from Safed, Jerusalem, and Tel Aviv.  Then rounding out the hour with some wild and crazy American klez tunes.

Portland Yiddish Hour playlist for 04/22/2012

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04/22/2012
ArtistTitleAlbum
FinjanSharon's DanceDancing on Water
German GoldensteynZhokul RozeshilorA Living Tradition
Andy StatmanChassidic WaltzBetween Heaven and Earth
Baith JaffeCzardas MedleyOifn Weg
Balkan Beat BoxCha ChaBalkan Beat Box
German GoldensteynRussian MedleyA Living Tradition
Alex KontrovichNew Orleans Funeral MarchDeep Minor
Chava AlbersteinAwayCrazy Flower
David KrakauerAfrica BulgarKlezmer Madness
Oy DivisionIn Zaltsinkn YamThe Unternationale
R. Aryeh HirshfieldSimcha L'ArtzechaBatee L'Ganee

Host Ed Kraus

Comments

Cantors/Liturgical Music

 

                                                                                                              September 5, 2010

Dear Mrs.  Falk:

 

     The liturgical music is splendid!  Thanks so much.  Please keep it coming.

     By the way, if you have any cookbooks left over after distributing them to your children, please make an announcement during the "The Yiddish Hour".  I would love to purchase some more for my collection.

 

     Happy New Year.

 

                                                                                                            Respectfully,

                                                                                                            S.E.  Halpern

Got up late. ;-(

 Hey, I missed the Yiddish Hour this morning. Is it archived? How do I find it to listen to? --DameEdithDivine@gmail.com

 Dylan in Costa Rica!

Old Show archives

Dear Dame Divine!

We don't podcast our regular music shows for legal reasons.  KBOO pays a license to broadcast and stream live over the internet, but not for later podcast so ... sorry.

If we produce content ourselves such as the comedy skits and interviews, that you can find via the audio link on our Yiddish Hour page.  We also post playlists in case you need to know what we played.   That show was by Barry ... the KBOO website is undergoing a revision and it might take a few more days before you can see the playlist from that show.

Of course, if you are clever you could set your computer to capture the live stream of the show to disk then play it back at your convenience!  It's just that we can't legally do this for you.

All the best,

Ed

Yiddish Hour - 9/6/09 show

A lively broadcast. Enjoyed Sheila Fox's voice and joyful klezmer music, a beautiful gift for Elul. Thanks to Liz for bringing this show to KBOO.

Ramon Tasat

Ed-

Who is Ramon Tasat? (Who is John Galt?!!?)

L

Ramón Tasat

Hello L ... I have posted comments on the playlist for today's show (Feb 8th) that should point you all in the right direction regarding Ramón Tasat. Sorry that I neglected to give you this basic biographical info on the air, but the Emergency Alert System procedures distracted me. Please give us your feedback about the Yiddish Hour, we are always looking to find out what the audience likes. As your program hosts, we have a great deal of flexibility in what we program...so if you give us feedback we can do a better job for you! Ed

yiddish hour

I like this fuzzy-quality, old-school stuff from the 1920's and earlier that comes up every now and then on the Yiddish Hour! My entry into Klezmer and other Yiddish music was through modern bands like New Orleans Klzemer All-stars and Rabbincal School Dropouts, definitely yiddish-infused but with a heavier, funky beat. It's cool to go back and hear the source. Thanks!

Old-school klezmer

Glad you like the archival stuff; it's some of my favorite music to play, too, precisely for the reason you mentioned. Also, nobody tears it up like Dave Tarras, IMO.

Zei gezint,

Liz

great program, shanda at Spertus

Hi Yankl,

Great show today!

I hope you had a great time in Chicago visiting your kids. I got to know Shainah when she joined the shul where I davened in Chicago. I moved back to PDX (my hometown) last summer, though I try to get back to visit the Chicago chevra at least once a year. I was hoping to see the maps exhibit at Spertus too when I get back there next, and think that censorship is generally an immature response to difficult questions. I hope you get someone from Spertus on the show next week so we can hear more about this.

Groisse dank,
Bracha

Portland Yiddish Hour

Hello,

I was looking for the set list for the May 11th 2008 show. There was a song that I heard at about 10:30 am that morning, entitled "Gefilte Fish and Matzo Balls" I think. I wanted to know who the artist was that performed the song.

Greatly Appreciated!!

Much Thanks,
Christopher

Gefilte fish and matzo balls

Thanks for getting in touch about our May 11 show. We had a sub that day, but I know (and love) the track that you're asking about, which was recorded by Slim Gaillard. He had a few other Yiddishoid records, such as the immortal "Draysik Sents".

 

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