Saturday, September 6, 2014

A Taste of Yiddish 4.52

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this week's proverb
מערט מען קענטשאַפט מערט מען ווייטיק (קהלת א י''ח) און וואָס איז דען? עס לוינט זיך פאַרן מענטשן צו מערן ווייטיק אַבּי ער זאָל מערן קענטשאַפט (ר' מ''מ פון קאָצק)י

mert men kentshaft mert men veytik” in vos oz den? Es loynt zikh farn mentshn tsu mern veytik a'bi er zol mern kentshaft (Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Kotzk)

the proverb actually means
As wisdom grows, torment grows (Ecclesiastes1:18)
And what of it? It is worthwhile to increase one's torment provided that it increases one's wisdom as well. (Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Kotzk)

translated to Hebrew
יוסיף דעת יוסיף מכאוב (קהלת א י''ח) ומה בכך? כדאי לו לאדם להוסיף מכאוב, ובלבד שיוסיף דעת (רבי מנחם מנדל מקוצק)י

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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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