Mick Jagger’s Top 12 Hebrew Phrases

June 5, 2014  

The Rolling Stones’ lead singer had  done his Hebrew homework ahead of Wednesday night’s Tel Aviv concert. He could  even ask his guitarist where he’d gone shopping

By David  Horovitz
Mick Jagger of Rolling Stones on stage in Tel Aviv, on June 4, 2014. (Photo credit: AFP/ JACK GUEZ)

Mick Jagger of Rolling Stones on stage in Tel Aviv, on June  4, 2014. (Photo credit: AFP/ JACK GUEZ)

1. Erev Tov Tel Aviv (Good evening Tel Aviv).  A modest opening foray, delivered two songs in. Quickly followed by…

2. Chag Shavuot Sameach, Yisrael (Happy  Shavuot, Israel). Already impressive. A festive greeting. A mention of Israel.  And those awkward guttural sounds mastered on CHag and SameaCH.

3. Anachnu HaAvanim Hamitgalgalot (Literally:  We are the Rolling Stones). Yup, we knew that. We just didn’t know he knew  how to say it in our language.

4. Todah. Shukran (Thank you, in Hebrew and  Arabic). Delivered after an aching “Angie.” We were the thankful ones.

5. Hakol Sababa? (All good?). Excellent  Arabic slang, invoked anxiously after “Paint It Black.” Reassured by a huge  cheer that everything was indeed sababa, Jagger gave us a rich cockney “ohhhh kayy!”

The Rolling Stones guitarist, Ronnie Wood, during the band's concert in Tel Aviv, Israel, on June 4, 2014. (Photo credit: Flash 90)The Rolling Stones guitarist,  Ronnie Wood, during the band’s concert in Tel Aviv, Israel, on June 4, 2014.  (Photo credit: Flash 90)

6. Kanita Na’alayim Bashuk? (Did you buy  shoes in the market?) The evening’s undoubted Hebrew highlight, asked of a  presumably uncomprehending Ronnie Wood, who was wearing nifty orange sneakers.  There was no audible reply, in Hebrew or any other language.

7. Lisa Fischer maksima (The lovely Lisa  Fischer). Backing vocalist extraordinaire. One of only two musicians to merit a  Jagger Hebrew introduction, the other being…

8. Al Hatupim (On the drums) Charlie  Watts. Special treatment because, two days earlier, Jagger told us, it had  been Charlie’s…

9. Yom Huledet (Birthday)! The audience  responded with a raucous Hebrew rendition of “Happy Birthday” and the usually  inscrutable drummer smiled, very broadly, like a bashful school kid. He’s 73, by  the way.

10. Atem Nehenim? (Are you having a good  time?) After a rousing “Gimme Shelter,” you betcha!

11. Atem Kahal Meturaf (You’re a Crazy  Audience). A compliment as we neared the end, between “Sympathy for the Devil” and “Brown Sugar.”

12. Layla Tov, Ve’Shalom Tel Aviv (Goodnight  and goodbye Tel Aviv). Mick’s final Hebrew utterances as the band disappeared.  They reappeared for two encore songs, but the Jagger Hebrew vocabulary had been  exhausted, leaving only the eternal question, Did Ronnie Wood buy his sneakers  in the market?

Mick Jagger (L) and Keith Richards (R), on stage during the Rolling Stones concert in Tel Aviv, Israel, on June 4, 2014. (Photo credit: Flash 90)Mick Jagger (L) and Keith  Richards (R), on stage during the Rolling Stones concert in Tel Aviv, Israel, on  June 4, 2014. (Photo credit: Flash 90)

 


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  1. By IsraeliGirl143, June 6, 2014

    I’ve got the moves like Jagger!

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