Wednesday, June 29, 2016

A Taste of Yiddish 1.24

Express It In Yiddish Vol 1: Body Language”
500 Yiddish expressions and idioms about the nuances and mannerisms of body language. The body speaks its own language



Proverbs 25:15 states “By long forbearing is a ruler persuaded, and a soft tongue breaketh the bone ” Rabbi Menachem Meiri(1249 – c. 1310) was a famous commentator to the Talmud explained the tongue is an organ that, although itself without a bone, can break the strongest of bones.

this week's proverb
די צונג איז אָן בּיינער, אָבּער זי צעבּרעכט בּיינער

transliterated
di tsung iz on beyner, ober zi tsebrekht beyner

the proverb actually means
the tongue has no bones but it sure can break bones

translated to Hebrew
מבוסס על הפסוק במשלי כ''ה פסוק ט''ו בְּאֹרֶךְ אַפַּיִם, יְפֻתֶּה קָצִין; וְלָשׁוֹן רַכָּה, תִּשְׁבָּר-גָּרֶם. המאירי מסביר את זה:
ללשון אין עצמות אבל היא שוברת עצמות



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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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