Lekoved Yontef Lekoved Shabes

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Gabe – What does the Rebbe wish? is a duet of a rabbi and a synagogue assistant, gabbay (gabe in Ashkenazi pronunciation). Zisl Slepovitch collected this song in a folklore expedition in Pinsk, Belarus, from sisters Dasya Lyovina, Z”L, and Zinaida Khrapunskaya, Z”L. This was one of their father’s songs they had remembered from the days of their childhood.

In this recording, the song is performed by two young NY-based singers, Emile and Fenya.

lyrics

TRANSLITERATION - Gabe
Gabe! ­– Vos vil der rebe?
Der rebe vil ­­– me zol im derlangen.
Vos? – Latkes mit shmalts,
Az der rebe mit der rebetsn
Zol zayn a gezunt in haldz.

Chorus:
Lekoved yontef,
Bim-bam-bam-bam
Lekoved Shabes,
Bim-bam-bam-bam
Lekoved yontef,
Bim-bam-bam-bam,
Lekoved Shabes, bim-bam.

Gabe! ­– Vos vil der rebe?
Der rebe vil ­­– me zol im derlangen.
Vos? – A telerl mit yoykh,
Az der rebe mit der rebetsn
Zol zayn a gezunt in boykh.

Gabe! ­– Vos vil der rebe?
Der rebe vil ­­– me zol im derlangen.
Vos? – A telerl mit fish,
Az der rebe mit der rebetsn
Zol zayn a gezunt in di fis.

TRANSLATION - Gabbay
Gabbay! – What does the rebbe wish?
What the rebbe wants – he should be offered
What? – Latkes with goose fat,
So that the rebbe and his wife
Should have healthy throats.

Chorus:
In honor of the holiday,
Bim-bam-bam-bam
In honor of Sabbath,
Bim-bam-bam-bam.
In honor of the holiday,
Bim-bam-bam-bam
In honor of Sabbath, bim-bam.

Gabbay! ­– What does the rebbe wish?
What the rebbe wants – he should be offered
What? ­– A plateful of chicken soup,
So that the rebbe and his wife
Should have healthy stomachs.

Gabbay! ­– What does the rebbe wish?
What the rebbe wants – he should be offered
What? ­– A plateful of fish,
So that the rebbe and his wife
Should have healthy feet.

TRANSLATION - RUSSIAN - Габе
– Габе! – Чего желает ребе?
– Когда ребе желает (подкрепиться), ему следует предложить...
– Что? – Драники со смальцем, чтобы у ребе и ребецн не болело горло.

Припев:
В честь праздника, бим-бам-бам-бам.
В честь Субботы, бим-бам-бам-бам.
В честь праздника, бим-бам-бам-бам.
В честь Субботы, бим-бам-бам-бам.

– Габе! – Чего желает ребе?
– Когда ребе желает (подкрепиться), ему следует предложить...
– Что? – Тарелочку бульона, чтобы у ребе и у ребецн не болел живот.

– Габе! – Чего желает ребе?
– Когда ребе желает (подкрепиться), ему следует предложить...
– Что? – Тарелочку рыбы, чтобы у ребе и у ребецн были здоровые ноги.

credits

from Zing Along Shabes, released December 30, 2014
Performed by Emile Feuser-Lisitsian (12) and Fenya Levin (10).

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Zing Along Shabes is a companion musical recording to the Zing Along Shabes project, a set of materials to help families foster traditions around celebrating Shabbat, the Jewish day of rest. The project was created by Inna Barmash, Dmitri Zisl Slepovitch and Irina Sheynfeld. ... more

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