Given that today is Lag B’Omer and one of the themes of the day is Rabbi Akiva and ואהבת לרעך כמוך it was nice to see a new remake of Lenny Solomon’s song אני יהודי.
A translation of the original lyrics is as follows:
When they ask me who am I (I will say)
I am not Ashkenazi, Sefaradi, Taimani or Tzarfati (French)
I am not Morrocan, American, or Russian
Chorus: I am a Jew
When they ask me what am I (I will say)
I am not religious or secular, left wing or right wing,
Not an optimist nor a pessimist, naive, Chorus…
All of Israel are connected to each other
All of Israel are brothers
We live here together, we live with hope
And more important than anything is love
We are citizens, we are soldiers, people, yes we are human beings,
We stride and move ahead, we believe, we hope, and we do not lose hope
We are Jews
The remake is much more Israeli, with a whole spectrum of Israeli singers, and they completely rewrote the lyrics as follows:
When I ask myself "Who am I"?
Sometimes a soldier, sometimes a student,
Suddenly I came back from a afar, so that we can be here together.
Nothing will break me my brother,
Basically, Jews, just like other religions,
I am very afraid of baseless hatred,
Simply a Jew
כששואל את עצמי "מי אני" ?
אני מאוד פוחד משנאת חינם,
It’s a Great song…
Hat Tip: Life in Israel