Jewish music and cuisine


Three short funny movies produced by the EIJM and screened during a conference hosted by Hervé Roten in the Cercle Bernard Lazare (Paris) on the subject of “Jewish cuisine and music” in the Yiddish, Judeo-Spanish and Oriental traditions

Jewish cuisine is a language in itself. Substratum of the Jewish mother, it feeds the children of their traumas and roots them into their Jewish identity. All these dishes we loved or hated, we speak of them with fervor, after our 40 years. Our mother’s borekas, her marvelous chopped liver, her delicious couscous, all of them bring us back to a blessed childhood when life was simple : either we ate what was in front of us, either we were responsible for the immediate death of our mother ! But Jewish cuisine isn’t only guilt, it is also pleasure of the mouth. So much that many artists sing it with humor and nostalgia, as one can see in the following videos…

Yiddish music and cuisine

Musical samples :
00:08 Gefilte Fish – Henri Gerro
01:19 La carpe farcie (sur un air de Schubert) – Cyrille Gerstenhaber
02:20 Bulbes – Lilliana Treves Alcalay
04:40 Pierozki-varnitchkes – Ino Toper

Judeo-Spanish music and cuisine

Musical samples :
00:18 Siete modos de guizados en la berenjena – Shira U’tfila
01:53 El festin de hanukàh – Berta Aguado
03:12 Oy que buena ke fue la ora – Judith Cohen
04:36 Una Muchacha en Selanica – Hélène Engel

Oriental music and cuisine

Musical samples :
00:18 Fais-moi du couscous chéri – Bob Azzam
02:15 Les merguez – Blond Blond
04:23 Oran Oran – Maurice El Medioni
07:18 Velanou iech falafel – Barukh Nadav

Watch the conference Jewish music and cuisine in the Cercle Bernard Lazare

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