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?


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
    Feb 21 '15 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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