Last week we returned to the Tampa Jewish Community and their person-in-the street interviews to test for knowledge of yiddish expressions. We added tchotchke to the list that already included shtupper, kenahora, ungapatchka, shlimazel, and shmegegge. Now it's time to see how many know the meaning of halevai.
Halevai is the title of a song composed by Moishe Oysher and recorded by him and The Barry Sisters in the 1950s.
Strictly speaking, Halevai is a Hebrew word that, along with many others, found its way into the Yiddish language. There's another version of Halevai, born in Israel, with a new melody, new lyrics, and a hip-hop beat as sung by Israeli singers Subliminal and Sivan. The melody and the words may change, but the hope remains: It should only be. Enjoy!