When I was a kid, I thought “What did you learn in school today” was the ultimate in subversion. I was very young. And the version I grew up with was in Hebrew (see below), sung by Benny Amdursky and Israel Gurion. I only learned years later, in the 5th or 6th grade, that Pete Seeger also sang it.
Both lyrics were very funny and biting, and the Hebrew version, by Chaim Cheffer, was even funnier, because it took potshots at local stuff.
Pacifism and civil disobedience were so simple and obvious when I was growing up. And then I grew up.
Good bye, Mr. Seeger. All is forgiven.
About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.
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