I’ve been known to give Ashkenazic Jews a hard time on occasion, from the collection of jokes my family used to tell around the table, to poking fun at abominations such as Geffilte Fish, I’ve been a little harsh on my little shtetly yidden. To make up for it, allow me to present this video clip of My Yiddishe Mama, a classic and heartwarming tune sure to bring comfort to all the vusvus reading this.
Oh. I may have forgotten to mention that this track is in Arabic. It is performed by Salim Hallali a Jewish Algerian crooner. Living in Paris during the Nazi occupation, Hallali avoided deportaion to the death camps thanks to the intervention of Si Kaddour Benghabrit, the rector of the Paris Mosque who provided him false papers showing he was a Muslim and even engraved Hallali’s deceased father’s name on a tombstone in the Muslim cemetery.
What? You want to hear it in Yiddish? Go ask your Zaiyde to sing it to you. I’ve got stuff to do.