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Catalog#: Stonehill0018
Title: Ven der rebe zugt zayn toyre (When the Rabbi Says His Torah)
Transcription: Itzik Gottesman
Translation: Itzik Gottesman, edited by Janina Wurbs

Information: Sung by actress Diana Blumenfeld to a Hasidic melody



1. Ven der rebe zugt zayn toyre, zitsn yidelekh vi geshtant.
Redt der rebe vegn toyre, yeder mamor a brilyant.
Zitsn hertsere oysgeshmitste, zitst ayder af zayn ort.
Un mit oyrn hern ongeshpitse, shlingt men mamesh yedes vort.

Refrain: Zugt der rebe, nor betokhn, hofn darf men nor tsi got.
Voyl in git iz ayedn eynem, ver in harts bitokhn hot.
Deriber, lebedik, un freylekh darf men zayn.
A zemerl gezingen a rikudl geshpringen, freylekh darf der rebe zayn.
Di berdelekh farisn, kapotkelekh tserisn, hulyet bizn tog arayn.
Deriber, nit gedayget, s’et zayn say vi say git. In tomer nit, miz aykh zayn rekht.
Ven der oybershter vet veln, vet keynem gornisht feyln
Vayl got in zayn mishpet iz gerekht.
Hay, hay, hay, a shtikele bitukhn, un a bisele mut.
ver es hot in hartsn bitukhn, dem iz voyl un git.

2. A soykher veynt un zogt, az di gesheftn zenen in d’rerd.
Kimt a balegole klogt, gefaln iz bay im dos ferd.
Un a yidene mit a tsiter, beyt af kinder, in der shtil.
Kimt a milner, shrayt siz biter, gebrent hot haynt bay im der mil,

Refrain: Zugt der rebe, nor betukhn...

When the rabbi speaks his torah, the Jews sit like they are standing.
When the rabbi speaks his torah, every utterance a diamond.
Everyone sits with smouldering hearts, they sit stunned in place,  
And with ears straining, they swallow every word.

Refrain: The rabbi says, only have hope, one must hope to God.
He is well, who has hope in his heart.
Therefore, lively and happy one must be.
Sing a melody, hop to a dance, the rabbi needs to be happy.
The beards are pulled back, coats tattered, live it up till dawn.
Therefore, do not worry. It’ll be OK anyhow. And if not, it must also be just.
When God wants, nobody will miss a thing
For God is right in his judgement.
Hey, hey, hey, a bit of hope, a little courage.
He who has hope in his heart, he is well and good.

A merchant cries and complains, his business is in trouble.
A man with a horse and buggy. Cries, his horse fell down.
A woman, trembling, longs for children quietly.
A miler comes and cries, things are better, his mill burned down.

Refrain: Zugt der rebe, nor betukhn...

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