So I found this CD on the street today on my way to work, right? So I decided I’d bring it home and listen to it.
And it was the best decision I’ve ever made in my life.
this is like an 80s anime theme song
what even is this, like yiddish ska or
Reblogging because I had a dream about The Yiddish Ska song last night so of course I had to go and find it again
this is my fuckin’ jam ok
Just so y’all know, this is Hebrew (with possibly a couple of Aramaic words thrown in, it’s hard to tell), not Yiddish. The words come from a statement in the Talmud (Berachot 9a, if anyone’s interested) about Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, who basically said something that allowed these two rabbis to get drunk and stay out all night at this other rabbi’s son’s party and then still fulfill their obligations for saying prayers at night and in the morning. (I kid you not. This stuff happens in the Talmud.) So basically these rabbis were happy because they got to party and also to follow Jewish law and (depending on how you translate it) either were like, “Rabbi Shimon is great!” or like, “Rabbi Shimon is a great enough scholar that we can rely on his more lenient opinion in this emergency situation.”
It seems like the people who wrote this song kind of took the first option and basically ran with it, like “WE LOVE RABBI SHIMON BAR YOCHAI WOOOOO” (if you can understand the words at all, you’ll hear that pretty much the entire song is them just repeating his name a lot). This probably has something to do with the fact that Rabbi Shimon is also the rabbi who’s given credit for basically starting Kabbalah (it’s a little more complicated than that but yeah basically Kabbalists love Rabbi Shimon).
Also, you should all know that this style isn’t so rare - it’s basically the type of music played at most Orthodox Jewish celebrations (weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, etc.). For just a couple more examples that I could come up with off the top of my head, see here and here (don’t ask me about the video on that second one, I have no idea what’s going on there). So yeah, not Yiddish ska, it’s Yeshivish simcha music! The more you know.