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Video Archives: Zelda Roif

Zelda Roif

Zelda Roif

born in Iași , 1930

Videos

Zelda Roif


Current Video: Oy mayn libe Basarabye (My Beloved Bessarabia)

This clip is from Chisinau, Moldova where the AHEYM team passed through on their 2011 expedition throughout the cities and shtetlekh of Podolia, Bukovina and Bessarabia. The regular video clips are not yet available, but in the meantime, we are pleased to share with you some of our latest photos and a special audio excerpt. In this audio clip, we hear Zelda Davidovna Roif (b. 1930) sharing the opening lines of Oy mayn libe basarabye (Oh, My Beloved Bessarabia). As Zelda explains earlier in the interview, for her, the young shepherd and his scattered sheep represent the relationship between G-d and the Jewish People, especially during the Great Patriotic War. The words are sung to the tune of a doina, a Moldovan and Jewish musical form often associated with the region's shepherds.

The words, transcribed as she sings them in a Bessarabian dialect, are as follows:

S'iz geveyn a mul postekhl

Nokh a kind fin tsvishn kinder

Fleyg er ba zayn totn posn

Shufn, lemlekh, tsig in rinder

Fleg er ba zayn totn posn

Shufn, lemlekh, tsig in rinder

Vi oyf a mul hot er fargesn

Ot tirl tsu farmakhn

Zenen ale zayne sheyfelekh oyf der velt tselofn

O mayn libe besarabye

Lond fin freyd

In lond fin trouer

There once was a young shepherd

Just a child among children

He used to shepherd his father's

Sheep, lambs, goats and oxen

He used to shepherd his father's

Sheep, lambs, goats and oxen

One time he forgot

to close the gate

and all his sheep ran out into the world


Oh my beloved Bessarabia!

Land of joy

And land of sorrow!