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Moshe Tanenbaum

Moshe Tanenbaum, from Toronto, Canada, is the original front-man for Uncle Moishy and the Mitzvah Men (1975-present).


“Just Walk Beside Me” (לֵךְ פָּשׁוּט לְצִדִּי | امشي بجانبي | נאָר גיין לעבן מיר), lines from an unknown author circulating in 1971; Jewish adaptation with translations in Aramaic, Hebrew, Yiddish, and Arabic

Contributed on: 25 Nov 2023 by Aharon N. Varady (translation) | Isaac Gantwerk Mayer (translation) | Aharon N. Varady (editing/transcription) | Moshe Tanenbaum | Unknown Author(s) |

Variations of the original three lines culminating with “Just walk beside me” first began to appear in print in 1971. Early on misattributed to the French writer Albert Camus (1913–1960), the lines circulated by newspaper and other periodicals before migrating to yearbook quotes. In the Jewish world of the early to mid-1970s, a young Moshe Tanenbaum began transmitting the lines at Jewish summer camps. In 1979, as Uncle Moishy, Tanenbaum published a recording of the song under the title “v’Ohavta” (track A4 on The Adventures of Uncle Moishy and the Mitzvah Men, volume 2). . . .