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Plogt aykh, shtelerlekh


Plogt aykh, shtelerlekh




[Spoken comments in Yiddish by informant before and after song.] Talks about the hardships of having to serve in the armies of the various lands Jews lived in. For Hasidic young men it was a tragedy: they had to eat non-kosher food, shave their beards and sidecurls - they would fast, go to the study house and say psalms. Sometimes the doctor would dismiss them, etc.


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“Plogt aykh, shtelerlekh,” YIVO Online Exhibitions, accessed December 7, 2023,
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