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אַ פּאָלףּ קדיש | A Ḳaddish by Reb Jules Winnfield (Pulp Fiction, 1994)

https://opensiddur.org/?p=2557 אַ פּאָלףּ קדיש | A Ḳaddish by Reb Jules Winnfield (Pulp Fiction, 1994) 2011-01-22 22:42:40 Tired of people who can’t tell their <em>kiddish</em> (blessings for the Sabbath) from their <em>kaddish</em> (prayer for the dead)? Well, it sets Samuel L. Jackson off too! But he found a way of making a <em>bracha</em> (blessing) and mourning the dead at the same time. Now I can’t vouch for the origins of his nusaḥ (custom) but it sounds very effective! Most people haven’t noticed, the only real part from the Bible is that last section, the first part is actually his own spiel: Text the Open Siddur Project Shmueli Gonzales (transcription) Shmueli Gonzales (transcription) Aharon N. Varady (translation) https://opensiddur.org/copyright-policy/ Shmueli Gonzales (transcription) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/ Taking a life Ḳaddish kidnapping 58th century A.M. Hebrew translation Prayers in Film Psalmsploitation lonely man of faith 20th century C.E. abduction
Tired of people who can’t tell their kiddish from their kaddish? Well, it sets Samuel L. Jackson off too! But he found a way of making a brakhah and mourning the dead at the same time.[1] Cf. PULP FICTION (dir. Quentin Tarantino, 1994)  Now I can’t vouch for the origins of his nusaḥ but it sounds very effective!

Most people haven’t noticed, the only real part from the Bible is that last section (adapted from Ezekiel 25:17), the first part is actually his own spiel.[2] Jules Winnfield’s spiel was adapted from a reference to the verse which first appeared in the “>THE BODYGUARD (1976), an American release of the Japanese martial-arts film, ボディガード牙 (Karate Kiba, dir. Ikki Kajiwara and Ken Nakagusuku, 1973). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LYT4JC2dd4  Here is Reb Jules Winnfield, in the name of Marsellus Wallace, circa 1994.


Translation (Hebrew) Source (English)
הַדֶרֶךְ שֶׁל הַצָדִיק
מִתְמוֹדֶדֶת בְּכֹּל שָׁלָב
עִם רִשְׁעוּת שֶׁל אָנֹכִיִי
וְהַעָרִיצוּת שֶׁל רְשָׁעִים.‏
The path of the righteous man[3] Cf. Proverbs 4:18. THE BODYGUARD (1976) has “the righteous man and defender.” (translated: הַצָדִיק וּמָגֵן 
is beset on all sides[4] lit. “confronted at every step.”  
with the iniquities of the selfish
and the tyranny of evil men.
בָּרוּךְ הוּא אֲשֶׁר לְטוֹבַת צֶדֶק וְרַצוֹן טוֹב,
יוֹבִיל אֶת הַחָלָשׁ בְּגֵיְא צַלְמָוֶת
כֵּיוָן הוּא הָשׁוֹמֵר שֶׁל אָחַיו, בְּאֶמֶת
וּמַּצִיל שֶׁל טָפִים אֲבּוּדִים
Blessed is he who in the name of charity and good will
shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness,[5] Cf. Psalms 23:4  
for he is truly his brother’s keeper[6] Cf. Genesis 4:9  
and the finder of lost children.[7] THE BODYGUARD (1976) has “the father of lost children,” (translated: וְאַב שֶׁל טָפִים אֲבּוּדִים). 
וְעָשִׂ֤יתִי בָם֙ נְקָמ֣וֹת גְּדֹל֔וֹת בְּתוֹכְח֖וֹת חֵמָ֑ה

מִי שֶׁמְּנַסֶּה לְהָרְעִיל וּלְהַרוֹס אֶת הָאַחִים שֶׁלִי

וְיָֽדְעוּ֙ כִּֽי־אֲנִ֣י יְהוָ֔ה בְּתִתִּ֥י אֶת־נִקְמָתִ֖י בָּֽם׃

“And I will strike down upon those with great vengeance and with furious anger”[8] Ezekiel 25:17, first part of verse.  

those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers.

“And you will know that my name is the LORD when I lay my vengeance upon thee.”[9] Ezekiel 25:17, second part of verse. 


Translation into Hebrew by Aharon Varady. An earlier version of this post with another translation was originally published by Shmueli Gonzales at his blog, Hardcore Mesorah.

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Notes
1 Cf. PULP FICTION (dir. Quentin Tarantino, 1994)
2 Jules Winnfield’s spiel was adapted from a reference to the verse which first appeared in the “>THE BODYGUARD (1976), an American release of the Japanese martial-arts film, ボディガード牙 (Karate Kiba, dir. Ikki Kajiwara and Ken Nakagusuku, 1973). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LYT4JC2dd4
3 Cf. Proverbs 4:18. THE BODYGUARD (1976) has “the righteous man and defender.” (translated: הַצָדִיק וּמָגֵן)
4 lit. “confronted at every step.”
5 Cf. Psalms 23:4
6 Cf. Genesis 4:9
7 THE BODYGUARD (1976) has “the father of lost children,” (translated: וְאַב שֶׁל טָפִים אֲבּוּדִים).
8 Ezekiel 25:17, first part of verse.
9 Ezekiel 25:17, second part of verse.
 

 

9 comments to אַ פּאָלףּ קדיש | A Ḳaddish by Reb Jules Winnfield (Pulp Fiction, 1994)

  • Avatar Aharon

    It’s not Tu Bishvat anymore, so yeah.

  • Avatar Aharon

    I found another copy of this text here dated February 16, 2008. It’s possible this translation first appeared in the Hebrew language subtitles to the film PULP FICTION. Can anyone confirm this? Also… this appears to be less than faithful translation of Jules Winnfield’s line into Hebrew than I would hope. Can anyone improve on this, keeping Winnfield’s tone of righteous indignation? Bonus points for adding nikkud.

  • I have a wonderful collection of movies with Hebrew subtitles. Which gets me wondering, is there like an official subtitle team that gets input from the studio on what is appropriate? Whats funny about the botched translation is that many Israelis will point out the absurdity of trying to take faux King James sounding language and bring it back into Hebrew, without sounding redundant.

  • I love it.

    Be-r’shut, I would just suggest subsituting the word “taf” for “yeladim”. I think “taf”/”young children” is more common in Tanakhic pronouncements, and a touch more poetic.

    Then, of course, adjust the plural of “lost” to singular: “U-mekabetz taf avud.”

    Next, someone please translate Jules’ whole examination of who the righteous and evil, etc., are into Aramaic! Or would it sound better in Yiddish?

    Chag same’ach!

  • Avatar The Hierophant

    that’s a great suggestion!

  • Avatar The Hierophant

    I think we also need to translate “those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers” into Hebrew since that part’s not really in Ezekiel 25:17.

  • Avatar CB

    Tarantino got the erroneous translation from the opening of Sonny Chiba’s The Bodyguard.

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