Saturday, April 14, 2018

A Taste of Yiddish 8.30

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this week's proverb
אַ רענדל אַרויף אַ רענדל אַראָפּ – אַבּי זיך נישט געדינגען

a rendl aroyf a renfl arop – a'bi zikh nit dingen

in English
a dollar up a dollar down-just so not to haggle on the price

translated to Hebrew
שקל יותר שקל פחות – העיקר לא להתווכח על המחיר

ווי אין ספירה
''ווי גייען די געשעפטן?'' פרעגט איינער אַ נאָענטן בּאַקאַנטער בּײַם בּאַגעגענען זיך.
''וואָס זאָל איך דיר זאָגן?'' ענטפער יענער. ''די געשעפטן, מײַן ליבּער פרײַנד, גייען ווי אין די ספירה.''
''וואָס הייסט?''
''דאָס הייסט, אַז וואָס מער מ'ציילט בּלײַבּט אַלץ ווינציקער און יענעם טאָר מען נישט אויסזאָגן וואו מ'האַלט אין דער "ספירה".....''

vi in sefi're
vi geyen di gesheftn?”fregt eyner a noentn bakanter bam bagegenen zukh.
vos zol ikh dir zogn?”entfert yener. “di gesheftn,mayn liber fraynd, geyen vi in sefi're.”
vos heyst?”
dos heyst, az vos mer m'tseylt blaybt alts vintsiker un yenem tor men nit oyszogn vu m'halt in di sefi're...”

just like counting the omer*
How's business?” someone asked his friend, when they met.
what should I tell you?” he answered. “business, my dear friend, is like the 'sfiras ha'omer'.”
What does that mean?”

It means, that the more you count, the less is left over and cannot reveal where you're up to in counting....”

כמו ספירת העומר
''איך העסקים הולכים?'' אחד שואל את החבר שלו כשנפגשו
''מה אגיד לך?'' עונה החבר. ''העסקים, ידידי היקר, הולכים כמו ספירת העומר.''
''מה זאת אומרת?''
''זאת אומרת, כמה שסופרים יותר נשאר פחות, ואסור לגלות איפה אוחזים בחשבון...''

*Counting of the Omer is an important verbal counting of each of the forty-nine days between the Jewish holidays of Passover and Shavuot as stated in the Hebrew Bible: Leviticus 23:15–16.
This mitzvah ("commandment") derives from the Torah commandment to count forty-nine days beginning from the day on which the Omer, a sacrifice containing an omer-measure of barley, was offered in the Temple in Jerusalem, up until the day before an offering of wheat was brought to the Temple on Shavuot. The Counting of the Omer begins on the second day of Passover (the 16th of Nisan) and ends the day before the holiday of Shavuot, the 'fiftieth day.'
The idea of counting each day represents spiritual preparation and anticipation for the giving of the Torah which was given by God on Mount Sinai at the beginning of the month of Sivan, around the same time as the holiday of Shavuot. The Sefer HaChinuch (published anonymously in 13th-century Spain) states that the Hebrew people were only freed from Egypt at Passover in order to receive the Torah at Sinai, an event which is now celebrated on Shavuot, and to fulfill its laws. Thus the Counting of the Omer demonstrates how much a Hebrew desires to accept the Torah in his own life.

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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

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