Tuesday, July 9, 2013
On Sunday we posted two videos of Brooklyn chasidim singing the National Anthem and God Bless America before a baseball game in Coney Island. This chorus, whose first language is Yiddish, sang the two American patriotic songs in English (with a little help from a smartphone.)
Today we're posting the flip side. American singer and actor Mandy Patinkin released a CD album a few years ago that included his rendition of Take Me Out to the Ball Game and God Bless America -- in
Yiddish! The audio clips were turned into a video by MyZeidi Video Productions.
We think it's appropriate to share this gem during this 80th anniversary year of Hank Greenberg's rookie year with the Detroit Tigers. Greenberg was the first Jewish superstar in all of American professional sports. He attracted national attention in 1934 when he refused to play on Yom Kippur, the holiest of Jewish holidays, even though the Tigers were in the middle of a pennant race and he never claimed to be a religiously observant, practicing Jew. Greenberg is widely considered as one of the greatest sluggers in baseball history.
(A SPECIAL NOTE FOR NEW EMAIL SUBSCRIBERS: THE VIDEO IS NOT VIEWABLE DIRECTLY FROM THE EMAIL THAT YOU GET EACH DAY. YOU MUST CLICK ON THE TITLE AT THE TOP OF THE EMAIL TO REACH THE JEWISH HUMOR CENTRAL WEBSITE, FROM WHICH YOU CLICK ON THE PLAY BUTTON IN THE VIDEO IMAGE TO START THE VIDEO.)