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Doyikayt

I encountered the word doyikayt [דאָיקייט] when I was following up on the debate over religion in the secular Yiddish schools [click here for my earlier post… 980 more words

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One Minute Yiddish - Alts ken der mentsh fargesn, nor nit esn

Summary

Today’s proverb says in Yiddish: alts ken der mentsh fargesn, nor nit esn. Listen to the audio to find what it means.

Audio

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To Yiddish Speakers, 'Shvartzer' Isn't Hateful

To the Editor:

As a student of a ”progressive” Yiddish school in the late 1930’s and early 40’s, I can tell you that use of the Yiddish word ”negger” for black was so obviously close to the racist ”nigger” in English that ”schvartzer” became the word of choice. 96 more words

Negger

DAD AND HIS NEST: FAMILY DYNAMICS, PART 1

So, what gives with all those dinners with me, my Dad, and my Grandfather ending in something less than a sweet goodbye? What were the nature of the barbs being flung wide and far, and why so often? 907 more words

What We Don't Know We Don't Know

In my previous post, fittingly called “What we Don’t Know”, the word opmekn, which I thought was mistaken in the Harshavs’ translation of Glatshteyn’s… 224 more words

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What we Don't Know

Lately, my brain has been so full that no blog posts have been coming out. Here are three mini blog-posts. Like the Koran, I’ve arranged them from shortest to longest. 1,054 more words

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Fun Yiddish Words You Can Use To Confuse Your Non-Jewish Friends

Alter Cocker

An old and complaining person. Essentially, an old fart.
“Oy, stop being such an alter cocker!”

Bashert

Literal definition is “destiny.” It’s usually used to describe a soulmate, someone who was meant to be. 302 more words