Ofyn Pripetshik

“Oyfn Pripetshik” (At the Fireplace)
Sung by Mandy Patinkin

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In a little room where a fire is burning, a world-weary rebbe instructs his charges in the alef-beys and life’s hard knocks: "When you get older, children, you will understand that in these letters are the pain and sadness of our people…yes, children, as you carry the burdens of exile and become exhausted, may you gain strength from these letters.” I doubt that hearing this song will make my kids any more eager to go to cheder (Orthodox boys school), but it’s a lovely slice of traditional Jewish life that’s definitely worth sharing with the whole family.

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Marion Jacobson

Marion Jacobson was formerly a freelance author and writer in New York City before her growing collection of kitchen gadgets and cookbooks forced her to move Upstate. There she continues all of these activities with her husband and two lovely children, ages 6 and 8, while attempting to grow vegetables.