Jewish students in Vilna sing…in Yiddish
Jewish students at Vilna Jewish school perform the classic “A Yiddishe Mama” – in fluent Yiddish!
Here’s the translation:
I’d like to ask of you a question, tell me who knows
With which dear possession does G-d bless everyone
It cannot be bought for money, it’s given only for free
And when it is lost, how many tears are shed.
A second is given nobody, no cry can help,
Oy, he who has lost it, he already knows what I mean.
A Yiddishe Mame
It doesn’t get better on this earth
A Yiddishe Mame,
How bitter when she is missing.
How nice and bright it is at home, when the Mame is here
How sad and dark it becomes, when G-d takes her to Olam Haba (The World to Come)
In water, through fire, she would have run for her child
Not to hold her dear, is surely the greatest sin,
How lucky and rich is the one who has
Such a beautiful gift presented from G-d
Like and old Yiddishe Mame
My Yiddishe Mame!