Jack Yellen and Lew Pollack: My Yiddishe Momme

Written by Joshua Breitzer


In category: Song of the Day

Published September 27, 2018

Jacob’s true love Rachel and favored child Joseph arrive just in time for the fourth day of Sukkot. Unlike our previous pairs this week, these two are mother and son, and are absolutely crying out for this vaudeville classic to be featured today. After combing through all the versions out there online, Leo Fuld’s beautifully sung 1956 cover comes to the fore for me. His Dutch-accented English and authentically articulated Yiddish perfectly capture the mixture of adoration, nostalgia, and sincerity that the number truly demands.

“My Yiddishe Momme” by Jack Yellen and Lew Pollack, sung by Leo Fuld

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Joshua Breitzer is cantor and music director of Congregation Beth Elohim in Brooklyn. Considered one of his generation’s leading talents, Cantor Breitzer has performed at such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Merkin Concert Hall. For the past several years, he has appeared with NYFOS in our annual “A Goyishe Christmas to You!” program, and has coached several NYFOS’s Emerging Artists on Jewish repertoire.


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