Saturday, March 26, 2016

A Taste of Yiddish 6.28

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this week's proverbs
אַ גוטן וועט דער שענק נישט קאַליע מאַכן און אַ שלעכטן וועט דאָס בּית מדרש נישט פאַרריכטן

transliterated
a gutn vet der shenk nit kalye makhn un a shlekhtn vet dos beys medresh nit farrikhtn

the proverb actually means
a good person won't be corrupted in a tavern; and a bad person won't be disciplined in a synagogue

translated to Hebrew
לאדם טוב המסבאה לא יקלקל, לאדם רע הבית המדרש לא יתקן


and this one
אַ גוטן העלפט אַ וואָרט, אַ שלעכטן העלפט אפילו קײַן שטעקן אויך נישט

transliterated
a gutn helft a vort, a shlekhtn helft afi'le kayn shtekn oykh nit

in English
a good person is helped with a word, a bad person is not helped even with a stick

in Hebrew

לאדם טוב עוזר מילה, לאדם רע לא עוזר אפילו מקל 

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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

1 comment:

  1. oK - but some of these transliterated words do not seem familiar to me - I do not read Yiddish or Hebrew but grew up understanding Yiddish pretty well...am 75

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