I am looking for information about an old Yidish song with a very well-known tune.

The only information I have about this song is that it talks about Kinderlach sitting in a warm room and learning the Aleph-Beth and the Torah with their Melammed.

This is not much information, but, maybe some of you can identify the song and give me some information about its words?


2 Answers 2


You're most likely looking for Oifen Pripitchik.

See it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JkS3cZntDTY

The lyrics are brought in the WikiPedia article in both Yiddish and English Translation.

  • @ErelSegalHalevi a pleasure. Actually I myself was looking for this song's name after watching Schindlers List. The movie plays it during a massacre as far as I can remember.
    – Yehuda
    Commented Feb 21, 2015 at 21:37

You must be talking about the song אויפן פריפעטשיק (Oyfn Pripetshik). The lyrics are listed below (according to the version sung by Ester Ofarim):

.אויפן פריפעטשיק ברענט א פייערל, און אין שטוב איז הייס .און דער רבי לערנט קליינע קינדערלעך דעם אלף-בית

.זעט זשע קינדערלעך געדענקט זשע טייערע, וואס איר לערנט דא !זאגט זשע נאך א מאל און טאקע נאך א מאל: קמץ-אלף - א

.לערנט קינדערלעך, לערנט מיט פרייד, לערנט דעם אלף-בית .גליקלעך איז דער איד וואס קענט די תורה, און דאס אלף-בית

And now, for transliteration and the taytsh:

Oyfn pripetshik brent a fayerl, un in shtub iz heys. Un der rebe lernt kleyne kinderlekh, dem alef-beyz.

Zet zhe kinderlekh, gedenkt zhe tayere, vos ir lernt do. Zogt zhe nokh a mol un take nokh a mol: komets-alef - o!

Lernt kinderlekh, lernt mit freyd, lernt dem alef-beyz. Gliklekh iz der yid vos kent di toyre, un dos alef-beyz.

On the hearth, a little fire burns and in the room it's warm. And the rabbi teaches little children the alphabet (Alef-Beis).

[Rabbi speaking] "See you children, dear, remember dear, what you're learning here. Say it once again and repeat it once again: Komets-Alef - o! (The Yiddish letter komets-alef makes the sound of o as in dog.)

Learn, children, learn with happiness, learn the alphabet. Happy is the Jew who knows the Torah and the alphabet.

Hopes this helps. Also, here's a link to the song:


(BTW, one of my favorite songs!)


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