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Set to the tune of the Yiddish Wedding dance reserved for the Mother-in-Laws called the "Dance of Anger and Reconciliation," here's my ode to Treyf (non-Kosher foods) and struggles of staying Jewish in the South.


Died, fried and laid to the side
Keeps a southern belly well satisfied
But if yer gonna stay Jewish well it better suffice
To see bacon as a garnish and ham hock a spice.

Tell me Mrs Cohen why’s yer Cholent so nice
I use bacon as a garnish and ham hock a spice
If you wanna keep kosher gotta work real hard
Cuz everything here’s got a little bit of lard

You make accommodations when you live in the South.
Don’t ask too many questions ‘bout what goes in your mouth
Don’t wanna stick out, you wanna get along
So eat that crawfish and sing my little song

Solo A/B/C

Can’t find a bagel worth a tinker's damn
Not in the land of the glazed country ham
And the Church picnic may be the only meal
So they ain’t pork chops, let’s call it “pink veal.”

Tell me Mr. Katz whys yer latkes so fine
I use lard instead of schmaltz, and I do it all the time
If yer gonna keep Kosher on the end of your fork
Its best to close your eyes and pray its not pork

So if yer gonna stay Jewish well it better suffice
To see bacon as a garnish and ham hock a spice.


from The Triumph of Assimilation, released June 1, 2021


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Mark Rubin, Jew of Oklahoma New Orleans, Louisiana

Oklahoma-born, Texas-reared, and now living in New Orleans, multi-instrumentalist Mark Rubin is an unabashed Southern Jew.

Known equally for his muscular musicianship and larger-than-life persona. Over an accomplished 30+ year career, he has accompanied or produced a virtual who’s-who of American traditional music. With Danny Barnes, he founded Pioneer Proto-Americana band the Bad Livers
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