BaJumalan chai mashiach hazaken,
Levad babayit bli isha bli ben.
Bakad sam kesef ad gil shivim shana,
Bishvil liknot isha l chatuna.

Kama dinar asaf? Alla yodea.
Ulai shlosha dinar? Ulai pi meya?
Ulai shloshim dinar? Ulai kiflayim?
Ulai shalosh meyot? Nishto l'chayim!
Tov lamashiach tov,
Alla yavi lo mazal tov.

BaJumalan chai mashiach hazaken.
Bayom balaila, hitpalel l ben.
BaJumalan af echad lo he emin
Ki mazal chara yeshba paamim.

Et mi nolad rishon? Ha bat Jamila.
Umi nolad sheni? Ha bat Dalila.
Umi nolad bator? Ha bat Kamila.
Umi nolad ba sof? Tzila v Gila.
Ish lo yisa et shmo
ad hamashiach bo yavo.

In Jumalan lives old Mashiach,
alone in his house without wife or son.
He saved his money in a jar for 70 years
to buy a bride.

How many dinars did he save? Allah knows.
Perhaps 3 dinars? Perhaps a hundred fold?
Perhaps 30 dinars? Perhaps double that?
Perhaps 300? We'll drink lechayim.
It's good for Mashiach, it's good.
Allah will bring him Mazal tov.

In Jumalan lives old Mashiach,
Day and night he prayed for a son.
In Jumalan no one believed
that bad luck could come so many times.

Who was the firstborn? The daughter Jamila.
Who was born second? Daughter Dalila.
Who was born next? Daughter Kamila.
Who was born last? Tzila and Gila.
No man will carry his name
until Mashiach finally comes!

Translator's note:
This was the most popular song from the classic 1964 Israeli movie "Sallah"
The lead character was named Sallah Shabati, played by Chaim Topol.
It was nominated for best foreign film in the 1964 Academy Awards.
Topol does a wonderful job of playing Sallah, a Morrocan Yemenite immigrant to the Yishuv,
who was taken with his family to a ma'abara (a tent dwelling for new comers in the 60's).

He sings this song in the tavern. (it's also called the Tavern Song on the soundtrack)

LYRICS Ephraim Kishon
SINGER Chaim Topol
Read about the movie
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On the Jewish Heritage Video collection
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The words to this song were sent in by Sheldon Benjamin of Newton, Massachusetts, USA

We are missing the words to the second verse.
Could any reader who can help with this please
email the publisher of Hebrew

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