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Zog Nit Keynmol – Yiddish Song

Original Yiddishזאָג ניט קיין מאָל, אַז דו גייסט דעם לעצטן וועג, כאָטש הימלען בלײַענע פֿאַרשטעלן בלויע טעג. קומען וועט נאָך אונדזער אויסגעבענקטע שעה – ס׳וועט אַ פּויק טאָן אונדזער טראָט: מיר זײַנען דאָ!פֿון גרינעם פּאַלמענלאַנד ביז ווײַסן לאַנד פֿון שניי, מיר קומען אָן מיט אונדזער פּײַן, מיט אונדזער וויי, און וווּ געפֿאַלן ס׳איז אַ שפּריץ… Continue Reading »

“It is better to have tuchus than sechel” – Yiddish Phrase

“Es mejor tener tuchus que sechel” Phonetics: “Ez meˈxoɾ teˈneɾ ˈtuʧus ke seˈʧel” Translation: It is better to have a bottom (understood as persistence) than a brain. This phrase combines two Yiddish words with the Spanish language. Because it was understood that having a bottom implied being persistence and that having a brain implied being intelligent, this proverb implies that… Continue Reading »

Keyn eyn-hore and Wearing Blue

According to the informant, it is traditional for young newborns to wear clothing and accessories that have the color blue on them for about the first two years of their lives. The idea is that by wearing blue, the weak and helpless infants would be protected from the evil eye, which in Yiddish is known… Continue Reading »

Jewish Jokes

*Note: The informant, Harriet, is my grandmother. She’s a Jewish woman who identifies with Yiddish aspects of Jewish culture. The following are several Yiddish jokes. At least in my family, humor is considered an integral part of being Jewish, and there’s a special breed of joke that’s distinctively Jewish. Often these jokes come in the… Continue Reading »