Saturday, February 15, 2014

A Taste Of Yiddish 4.24

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אין חומש במדבר כב פסוק כח שטייט:
און ג-ט האָט געעפענט דאָס מויל פונעם אייזל

un G-t hot ge'efent dos moyl funem eyzl

translated to English
And the LORD opened the mouth of the ass*”,
and she said unto Balaam: 'What have I done unto thee, that thou hast smitten me these three times?'(Numbers 22:28)

translated to Hebrew

ויפתח האת פי האתון* (במדבר כב פסוק כח)י

this week's saying
אַז אַן אייזל האָט אַמאָל גערעדט ווי אַ מענטשוווּנדערט זיך אַ גאַנצע וועלט און אַז אַ מענטש רעדט ווי אַן אייזלוווּנדערט זיך קיינער נישט

az an eyzl hot amol geredt vi a mentsh, vundert zikh a gantse velt, un az a mentsh redt vi an eyzl, vundert zikh keyner nit....

translated to English
when a donkey once spoke like a person the world was bewildered, but when a person speaks like a donkey nobody wonders.....

translated to Hebrew
כשהחמור דבר כאדם העולם התפלאכשהאדם מדבר כחמור אף אחד לא מתפלא

*Balaam and Balak

The main story of Balaam occurs during the sojourn of the Israelites inthe plains of Midian, east of the Jordan River, at the close of forty years of wandering, shortly before the death ofMoses, and the crossing of the Jordan. The Israelites have already defeated two kings on this side of the Jordan: Sihon, king of the Amorites, and Og, king of Bashan. Balak, king of Moab (Numbers 22:2), consequently becomes alarmed, and sends elders of Midian and his messengers (Numbers 22:4–5), to Balaam, son of Beor, to induce him to come and curse Israel. Balaam's location, Pethor, is simply given as "which is by the river of the land of the children of his people" in the masoretic text.
Balaam sends back word that he can only do what The Almighty commands, and G-d has, via a nocturnal dream, told him not to go. Moab consequently sends higher-ranking priests and offers Balaam honours; Balaam, in his coveteousness, continues to press G-d, and G-d finallygives him over to his greed and permits him to go but with instructions to say only what he commands. Balaam thus, without being asked again, sets out in the morning with the princes of Moab and G-d becomes angry that he went, and an angel (Numbers 22:22) is sent to prevent him. At first the angel is seen only by the donkey Balaam is riding, which tries to avoid the otherwise invisible angel. After Balaam starts punishing the donkey for refusing to move, it is miraculously given the power to speak to Balaam (Numbers 22:28), and it complains about Balaam's treatment. At this point, Balaam is allowed to see the angel, who informs him that the donkey is the only reason the angel did not kill Balaam. Balaam immediately repents, but is told to go on.

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Chaim Werdyger
Bringing back the Yiddish language

A proverb is a short, generally known sentence of the folk which contains wisdom, truth, morals, and traditional views in a metaphorical, fixed and memorizable form and which is handed down from generation to generation

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