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This triumphant tune is associated with the a Chassidic Rebbe’s self-sacrifice in saving the life of a fellow Jew. The story: It once happened that a Jew who had rented an inn from the local landlord had fallen behind in his payments and was jailed. The l...
The song is meant as a spur to fervent and joyous worship of G-d is sung on joyous occasions
Purim, 5732-1972
The Rebbe mentions the custom of singing this Russian Chasidic Nigun on Purim, and the crowd sings the Nigun.
22 Nissan, 5748 • April 9, 1988
“Jump, Cossack, Jump”. Rabbi Aryeh Leib of Shpoleh, the “Shpoler Zeide” danced to this song in competition against a cossack to gain the freedom of a poor, Jewish innkeeper.
Russian, Belarussian, and Ukrainian peasants were a source for beloved songs, sometimes with Hebrew or Yiddish added.
Hop Kazak, a lively melody attributed to the prominent chasidic master, Rabbi Aryeh Leib of Shpola, known as the Shpoler Zeide.
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