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שָּׁבוּעַ שֶׁל אַחְוָה לְאֻמִּית | National Brotherhood Week (in Israel), an adaptation of Tom Lehrer’s song by Isaac Gantwerk Mayer

https://opensiddur.org/?p=55287 שָּׁבוּעַ שֶׁל אַחְוָה לְאֻמִּית | National Brotherhood Week (in Israel), an adaptation of Tom Lehrer's song by Isaac Gantwerk Mayer 2024-04-09 09:10:36 A satirical look at contemporary Israeli civil society in Hebrew and English, as adapted from Tom Lehrer's sardonic "National Brotherhood Week" (1965). Text the Open Siddur Project Isaac Gantwerk Mayer Isaac Gantwerk Mayer https://opensiddur.org/copyright-policy/ Isaac Gantwerk Mayer https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/ National Brotherhood Week זמירות zemirot 21st century C.E. 58th century A.M. Sardonic poetry satire
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Adaptation (Hebrew)Adaptation (English)
הַיְּהוּדִים שׂוֹנְאִים תַּ׳עֲרָבִים
וְהָעֲרָבִים שׂוֹנְאִים תַּ׳יְּהוּדִים
לִשְׂנֹא רַק תַּ׳שְּׂנוּאִים
הֲלָכָה בְּיָדוּעַ הִיא.
אֲבָל בַּ־
שָּׁבוּעַ שֶׁל אַחְוָה לְאֻמִּית
שָּׁבוּעַ שֶׁל אַחְוָה לְאֻמִּית
עוֹדֶה וְלִיבֶּרְמָן רוֹקְדִים כְּאִלּוּ כָּרְתוּ בְּרִית
זֶה כֵּיף לְהִסְתּוֹבֵב
עִם מִי שֶׁתְּתַעֵב
כׇּל־עוֹד שֶׁלֹּא יִצְעֲדוּ בַּשְּׁכוּנָה
The Jews hate the Arabs,
The Arabs hate the Jews,
To hate only the hated ones
is a well-known law.
But during the
Week of national brotherhood,
Week of national brotherhood,
Odeh and Lieberman dance as if they cut a deal.
It’s fun to mingle
with someone you will loathe,
As long as they don’t step foot in the neighborhood.
הַחִלּוֹנִים שׂוֹנְאִים תַּ׳חֲרֵדִים
וְהַחֲרֵדִים שׂוֹנְאִים תַּ׳חִלּוֹנִים
כַּצָּרְפָתִים וְכָאַנְגְּלוֹנִים
כׇּל־יִשְׂרָאֵל זֶה לָזֶה
אֲבָל בַּ־
שָּׁבוּעַ שֶׁל אַחְוָה לְאֻמִּית
שָּׁבוּעַ שֶׁל אַחְוָה לְאֻמִּית
גַּם חַבָּ׳׳ד וְסַאטְמֶר דַּאוְונֶען בִּתְפִלָּה חֲגִיגִית
קוּם לָךְ לִלְחֹץ תַּ’יָּד שֶׁל
בַּשָּׁאר אֶל־אַסַד
אֶפְשָׁר לַחְזֹר לַהֲרִיגָה מָחָר
The secularists hate the ultraorthodox,
The ultraorthodox hate the secularists.
Like the French and the Englishes
Is all Israel one to another.
But during the
Week of national brotherhood,
Week of national brotherhood,
Even Chabad and Satmar daven festive prayer.
Get up to shake the hand of
Bashar el-Assad,
You can return to the killing tomorrow.
הַאַשְׁכִּים שׂוֹנְאִים תַּ׳סְּפָרַדִּים
וְהַסְּפָרַדִּים שׂוֹנְאִים תַּ׳אַשְׁכִּים
וְהָאֶתְיוֹפִּים מַפְחִידִים תַּ׳גִּזְעָנִים
וְהַסּוּרִים שׂוֹנְאִים אֶת־כֻּלָּם
אֲבָל בַּ־
שָּׁבוּעַ שֶׁל אַחְוָה לְאֻמִּית
שָּׁבוּעַ שֶׁל אַחְוָה לְאֻמִּית
שָּׁבוּעַ שֶׁל תְּחַיְּכוּ כְּלַפֵּי כׇּל־קְהִלָּה לְאֻמִּית
תְּדַבֵּר רַק נָעִים
עִם בְּנֵי הַחֲזִירִים
שָׁבוּעַ רַק אֶחָד הוּא, אַל תִּירָא,
כִּי הוּא לֹא מַאֲרִיךְ כׇּל־הַשָּׁנָה!
The Ashkies hate the Sephardim,
And the Sephardim hate the Ashkies,
And the Ethiopians scare the racists,
And the Syrians hate everybody.
But during the
Week of national brotherhood,
Week of national brotherhood,
Week of ‘smile at every national community’
Speak only nicely
with the children of swine,
Just one week it is, fear not,
For it doesn’t last all year!

This work by Isaac Gantwerk Mayer is an adaptation of “National Brotherhood Week” (1965) by Tom Lehrer. Isaac notes that neither the English or Hebrew lyrics are direct translations of one another. A recording of Isaac performing the work was published to his Facebook page on 9 April 2024.

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