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At traditional Jewish wedding, there is an entertainer called a badkhn who is expected to make everyone laugh and cry. In this song he lectures a bride: “Don’t you two comport yourselves like Turks, don’t tear at each other like cats, and, dear bride, if your husband gets a hankering to be a widower, you, dear bride, better pray to God to become a widow. And we all say amen!”
The song is followed, as it was on the original recording, by a short snatch of a quick patsh tants or kolomeike.


from Nervez! Yiddish songs from Warsaw Volume 3, released May 15, 2014
Jane Peppler: vocals, fiddle, viola


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Mappamundi Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Folk music band plays "More-or-less traditional music of the Northern Hemisphere and the Previous Millennium." Vocals, lots of instruments, specializing in Eastern European music (Balkan, Slavic, Russian, Polish); Jewish music in Yiddish, Hebrew and Ladino; Celtic, British Isles and early American / Colonial music. And swing. ... more

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