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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

What was, was...

So the other night Drew and I were watching a TV show, something he had recorded from PBS. It was called "Hugs and Knishes", and it was a discussion of Jewish food and family tradition.

Featured quite prominently in the show were two older Jewish celebrities, Tovah Feldshuh and the late Fyvush Finkel.  Each of them spoke about the foods they ate growing up, the family traditions associated with the foods, etc.  Each sang in Yiddish.

Towards the end of the show, Finkel sang something that brought tears to my eyes. He sang only the refrain, a brief moment... I remember my grandmother, of blessed memory, singing the refrain of that song.   It's a lament...Voz iz geven, is geven un nisht do..."What was, was, and is no more..."

How true...

I had to find the song.   Thank goodness for YouTube.

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