Friday night, the eve of the Sabbath, has always held a special flavor for many Jews in many lands. Eleanor and Joseph Mlotek’s compilation “Songs of Generations: New Pearls of Yiddish Song,” has a song titled “Fraytik Oyf Der Nakht.” It first appeared in 1905 in sheet music without attribution to any author or composer.What follows is aRead More
Regular readers of Der Vinkl will recall last week’s poem by the ever wise and witty Stanley Siegelman titled “Oy Vey, Oy Vey, der Bishop iz Gey.” He offers this follow-up in the same vein, “Hooray, Hooray, der Rebe iz Gey.” The poem is dedicated to Rabbi Lionel Blue, whom the Forward described in a recent article as “arguably the mostRead More
Der Yiddish Vinkl received two of Stanley Siegelman’s inimitable witty poems written in reaction to current events. To prevent readers from misinterpreting the following poem as a snide Jewish poke at a Christian denomination, they are asked to read next week’s Vinkl as well, “Hooray, Hooray, der Rebbe iz Gey.” Oy Vey, Oy Vey, der BishopRead More
Shmerke Kaczerginski was a Jewish poet who died 50 years ago. To commemorate the anniversary, the Yiddish Forward devoted one of its columns last month, “Pearls of Yiddish Poetry” to his life and his works. What follows are fragments of his work cited in the Yiddish Forward. The transliteration is by Goldie Gold. The English versions areRead More
“Viagra” and “Niagara” sound very much alike. But, we are poetically assured by our ever-clever contributor Stanley Siegelman that they are not the same. He does so in his uproarious rollicking rhymes.
Viagra Iz Nit Keyn Vaserfal
Viagra iz a voyle zakh
(A bisl shlingt men, nit kin sakh)
Es helft a man tsu zayn a man,Read More
Who is Samir Kuntar, and why should we care?Kuntar is the Lebanese prisoner in an Israeli jail of whom Hezbollah’s Sheik Hassan Nasrallah spoke in his triumphant speech on the occasion of the puzzling prisoner exchange between his group and Israel last week. Nasrallah promised that the next prisoner whose release he will seek is the Lebanese…Read More
Every other week, a page-plus of the Forverts is devoted to “Pearls of Yiddish Poetry,” edited by Eleanor “Chana” Mlotek. Each column carries a standard subhead, “In ondenk fun Yosef Mlotek” (In memory of Joseph Mlotek).Joseph “Yosl” Mlotek was a multitalented man. Not just a compiler of poems and songs,Read More
For Stanley Siegelman, our versatile versifier, any news, especially if it is on the odd or weird side, is grist for his poetic mill, as regular readers of Der Vinkl must now know. He somehow manages to mix good humor with vitriol. The latest victim of his acerbic pleasantry is Michael Jackson, who has been charged with child molestation.Read More
A regular feature of the Forverts is a column titled “Leyener Dermonen Zikh Lider” (“Readers Recall Songs”). In a recent issue, one reader, Masha Benye-Mets, submitted a song dealing with a subject rarely mentioned in Jewish literature: wife-beating.
A gutnr ovnt, Brayne! A gutn ovnt, Brayne,
Di besteRead More
“Heymishe Tekhter,” a poem by Avrom Reisen, is part of a vast work contained in a definitive anthology of Jewish-American writers in the years 1870-2000. In two volumes of some 700 pages each, Professor Emanuel Goldsmith of Queens College has carried through a historic achievement. Equally impressive is the translation of this workRead More