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Roti, roti, poldovay


Roti, roti, poldovay




She explains the game in English. Note from tape log on outside of tape box for the original, spliced tape, not included on the tape log of the dupe:] My childhood in Montreal, Canada, is closely bound with my Yiddish education in a secular Jewish school. Many of these rhymes stem from that environment, as well as the one at home, where my Bessarabian-born mother, shared her own childhood memories of games and rhymes and taunts and teasers, with me. Blessed with a retentive memory...I later picked up many more from my informants. Ms. Michaels prefaces each section of the song with an English explanation. The children are in a circle, with hands cupped. One child stands into the center of the circle, and closes his/her eyes. Another child places a ring or other object iin the hands of a third child and all the children close their hands. The one in the center has to guess in whose hand the object is. “ vemens hant ligt dem goldenem fingerl” If s/he answers correctly another child goes into the center; if not the game repeats with the same child in center. 41842


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