This is a clip from an early concert of Lahakat Kaveret, often known as the Poogy Band. There are four songs here: “ Hamakolet ”, “ Magafayim shel Baruch ”, “ Goliath ” and “ Natati Lah Hayai ”. It’s fabulous viewing if a) this was ever your thing and/or b) your Hebrew is good. But wait: There’s an eerie aspect, as I’ll note below.
O.K., here’s the weird part: Watch the hand gestures and body language of band leader Danny Sanderson (far right of the screen) in his solos in “ Magafayim shel Baruch ” (“Baruch’s Boots”) — it starts at 3:44 in the above video — and see if they don’t uncannily resemble the moves of an earlier master Jewish comic singer, Eddie Cantor, in his classic “Makin’ Whoopee.” Check it out:
If you want more musical nostalgia from what they call Good Old Eretz Yisrael, check out this Web site .
Continue to the jump if you’re interested in an unforgettable rendition of the Labor Zionist anthem, Bialik’s “ Techezakna ”.
Herewith, for you hard-core nostalgics for what was (supposed to be…), Chaim Nachman Bialik’s “ Birkat Ha’am ” (“The People’s Prayer”). “Strengthen the hands of all our brothers restoring the soil of our land. May your spirit not fail — come, joyous and singing, shoulder to shoulder, to serve the people.”
Jonathan Jeremy “J.J.” Goldberg is editor-at-large of the Forward, where he served as editor in chief for seven years (2000-2007).