In honor of the upcoming Yomtov of Yud Shvat, Chazzan Dovid Caytak has recorded the niggun of Stav Ya Pitu, a niggun that the Rebbe taught during Simchas Torah of 5723.
In honor of the upcoming Yomtov of Yud Shvat, Chazzan Dovid Caytak has recorded the niggun of Stav Ya Pitu, a niggun that the Rebbe taught during Simchas Torah of 5723 (1962).
When teaching the niggun, the Rebbe explained that the niggun was taken by Chassidim from simple people and then uplifted it to kedusha.
The meaning of the niggun is that sometimes the regular “wine that brings joy” which is referring to contemplating about Hashem, is not enough and one has to drink “Wine that causes drunkenness ” going beyond your intellect.
This can “drink your calf away”, your Nefesh Habehamis, and then your “work”, your portion in this world.
One has to “know how to be merry and know how to talk” to bring this great joy into the proper vessels of Tefila and Mitzvos. Talking about it in Ukrainian and the Yiddish uplifts all of those languages and parts of the world!
This can all be accomplished with pure joy on Simchas Torah after one sees that the whole Avoda of the months of Elul and Tishrei were not enough. This will prepare one for the rest of the year. ויעקוב הלך לדרכו!!
To hear the song on YouTube
I started to drink on Friday, on Friday
I had drunk, had drunk, my calf away.
One must, must know, how to be merry,
One must, must know, how to talk.
Oh, how to give a just reckoning
For the Master, the L‑rd,
Oh, to justify oneself.
But we drink, we drink, and we revel.
And we drink wine like water,
And we say together, “lechayim,”
And you, O L‑rd, please hearken to us in heaven.
The same melody is repeated, with substitutions (as shown in parentheses above), replacing the word “Friday” with “Sabbath,” and “calf” with “work.”
(Translation from Chabad.org)