Rabbi Avi Weinstein

Talk about guilt by association! A Zemer Makes a Comeback!

In Uncategorized on February 1, 2010 at 1:29 pm

Art Sapper, is a great lover of Jewish music and is also soon to be related. He is on a mission to reintroduce the zemer Mah Yofis into zemiros canon. Mah Yofis was a victim of its own popularity and became well known outside of Jewish circles.  It was the song of choice for anti-Semites to use for the humiliation of Jews who were forced to sing it in a manner meant to bring ridicule.  Because of this unfortunate association, the beautiful zemer nearly became forgotten, but not if Art has his way.  Nowadays, the unfortunate association is virtually absent from Jewish memory, so it’s time to bring the zemer back.  You can hear the tune and read all about the rise and fall and hopeful rise again of Mah Yofis (click here). May it be heard at Shabbos tables from near and far.

  1. Cool! I love zemirot and will happily sign on to help spread this one. Can you ask Art to produce an MP3 file of it? That is, I think, more Mac and iPod friendly than the WAV file he currently has on his website. Thanks!

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