The SpongeBob SquarePants theme song is now in Yiddish
July 1, 2022
(JTA) - Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?
ShvomBob Kvadrat-hoyzn, of course.
And now the Jewish world knows how to say "SpongeBob SquarePants" in Yiddish, thanks to a translation of the animated kid show's theme song by Eddy Portnoy, the academic advisor and director of exhibitions at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research in Manhattan.
Last week, Portnoy's college-aged daughter put "SpongeBob" on TV, and Portnoy was inspired. He typed up the lyrics on his Notes app and posted the translation to Twitter, and let the algorithm do the rest.
"I can choose anything to translate," he said,...