Thursday, March 5, 2015

Yiddish Expressions 2.24

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someone that writes very large letters, large print is called in Yiddish

אחד שכותב באותיות גדולות או דפוס של אותיות גדולות נקרא ביידיש

אַזעלכע גרויסע קידוש לבנה אותיות

a'zelkhe groyse kidesh levo'ne oysiyes

such huge letters like from the blessing of the new moon*

אותיות גדולות כמו של קידוש לבנה

*Kiddush Levanah (trans. Sanctification of the Moon) is a Jewish ritual, performed outside at night shortly after Rosh Chodesh, in which a series of prayers are recited to bless the new moon.
The source of the Kiddush Levana is in the Babylonian Talmud, (Sanhedrin 42a), Rabbi Yochanan taught that one who blesses the new moon, in its proper time, is regarded like one who greets the Shechinah (Divine Presence), as it is written in Exodus 12:2:, "This month (is to be for you the beginning of months..)”
This verse is the source of what is considered to be the first commandment in the Torah, which is to sanctify the new month, and is based on the lunar calendar. Although Kiddush levana is not the method of sanctifying the new month, we may be able to understand Rabbi Yochanan's opinion that one who ‘blesses the new moon’, is also showing respect to the first commandment in the Torah, and therefore it is like greeting the Shechinah (Divine Presence).
Many synagogues post the text of the prayer in large type on an outside wall.

Yiddish is rich with expressions. In fact, sometimes the same phrase can be said in a number of different ways. I try to bring the unique ones, where it is is not obvious from the literal translation what the expression means.

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