Thursday, March 31, 2016

Yiddish Expressions 3.29

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Express It In Yiddish:
as is, the way you see it, in its existing circumstance, what you see is what you get,
כמו שהוא, כזה ראה וקדש, כפי שאתה רואה אותה, כלה כמות שהיא



אַזוי ווי עס שטייט און גייט
azoy vi es shteyt un geyt
as it stands and goes
כמו שזה עומד והולך


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.


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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Friday, March 25, 2016

Yiddish Expressions 3.28

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Express It In Yiddish:
to get ranked out, to get it over the head, scoffed at, being belittled, being told off', being dressed down, getting balled out, catch hell, being raked over the coals
לקבל על הראש, לחטוף שפכטל, לקבל מנה, להמטיר אש וגפרית, להצליף בלשון, לדון ברותחין, לנזוף בו קשות



כאַפּן אַ מי שבּרך
khapn a mi shebeirakh
to catch a mi shebeirach blessing*
לחטוף מי שברך


*A “mi sheberach” is a public prayer or blessing for an individual or group, most often recited in synagogue when the Torah is being read. Because it is not an officially mandated prayer, there is a lot of room for creativity regarding whom to bless or how they can be blessed. Thus, there are mi sheberachs for just about any person in need of some divine goodness—most notably those requiring healing.

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.


Wednesday, March 23, 2016

A Taste of Yiddish 2.3

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this weeks proverb
מיט וואָס פאַר אַן אויג מען קוקט אויף יענעם, אַזאַ פּנים האָט ער

transliterated
mit vos far an oyg men kukt af yenem, aza ponim hot er

the proverb actually means
the way you look at a person, that's the way he is perceived
(lit. with the kind of eye that you look at someone that's the face he has)

Hebrew translation
בעיניים שאתה מסתכל על מישהו כזה פנים יש לו


on a similar note
מיר זעען נישט קײַן זאַכן אַזוי ווי זיי זענען, מיר זעען זאַכן אַזוי ווי מיר זענען

transliterated
mir ze'en nit kayn zakhn azoy vi zey zenen, mir ze'en zakhn azoy vi mir zenen

in English
we don't see things the way they are; we see things the way we are

in Hebrew
אנחנו לא רואים דברים כמות שהם. אנחנו רואים דברים כמות שאנחנו



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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

A Collection of Purim Proverbs and Expressions

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וואָס בּײַ אַ ניכטערן אויפן לונג איז בּײַ אַ שיכּור אויפן צונג

transliterated
vos by a nikh'tern afn lung, iz ba a shiker afn tsung 

the proverb actually means
 that which is in a sober person's lung, is on a drunk person's tongue
(a drunk persons words are a sober persons thoughts)

translated to Hebrew
מה שיש למפוכח בַּרֵיאוֹת יש לשיכור על הלשון


another
עס וועט אַזוי לאַנג געדויערן פון תּענית אסתר בּיז פּורים

transliterated
 es vet a'zoi laang ge'doi'rn fin tie'nes Ester biz Purim 

in English
this (item or resolution or agreement) will last from the Fast of Esther until Purim (a day apart - not giving it much hope)


in Hebrew
זה יחזיק מעמד מתענית אסתר עד פורים




בּיז צום קרעטשמע דאַרף מען אויך אַ טרינק 

transliterated
biz tsum kretshme darf men oykh a trink 

in English
on the way to the tavern one too needs a drink

in Hebrew
עד לבית המרזח גם צריך כוסית



 ס'איז נישט אַזוי פון אהבת מרדכי ווי ס'איז פון שנאת המן  ע

transliterated
iz nit azoy fun ahavas mordekhay vi s'iz fun sinas homon

in English
he didn't do it for his love of Mordechai as much as for his hate of Haman

in Hebrew
זה לא כל כך מאהבת מרדכי כמו משנאת המן


another saying
בּײַם גלעזל געפינט מען אַ סאַך גוטע פרײַנד

transliterated
bam glezl gefint men a sakh gu'te fraynd

in English
by the shot-glass you find many good friends (everyone becomes your friend for a drink)

in Hebrew
בכוסית מוצאים הרבה ידידים




זאָלסט האָבּן אסתּר המלכּה'ס חן

transliterated
zolst hobn ester hamalk's kheyn

in English
you should have Queen Esthers charm

in Hebrew
שתהיה לך החן של אסתר המלכה




אַ קראַנקער וועט געזונט ווערן, אַ שיכּור וועט
 זיך אויסניכטערן, אָבּער אַ נאַר בּלײַבּט אַ נאַר

transliterated
a kranker vet gezunt vern, a shiker vet 
zikh oysnikhtern, ober a nar blaybt a nar

in English
the sick will recover, the inebriated will sober up but once a fool always a fool

in Hebrew
חולה יבריא, שיכור יתפכח אבל טיפש ישאר טיפש




ער האָט געשריבּן אַ גאַנצע מגילה

transliterated
er hot geshribn a gantse megi'le

expression means
he wrote a whole megillah (scroll)
(someone that doesn't get to the point very quickly- goes on and on)
הוא כתב מגילה שלימה




ס'איז געווען ליהודים

transliterated
s'iz geven layehudim

expression means
'twas very lively
(when things quickly get heated up – becoming chaotic)

in Hebrew
היה שם ל'יהודים' (שמח – בלגן וכו')




ער זאָגט דאָס אין איין אָטעם אַזוי ווי די עשרת בּני המן

transliterated
er zogt es in eyn otem azoy vi di aseres beney homon

in English
he says it in one breath like the ten sons of Haman*
(used when one does not come up for air – just keeps on talking)

in Hebrew
אמר את כל זה בנשימה אחת כמו עשרת בני המן



נישט אַלע פּורים טרעפט זיך אַ נס

transliterated
nit a'le purim treft zikh a nes

in English
not every Purim a miracle happens

in Hebrew
לא כל פורים קורה נס




נישט אַלע טאָג איז פּורים

transliterated
nit a'le tog iz purem

in English
not every day is Purim

in Hebrew
לא כל יום פורים




ער איז אַ ויזתא

transliterated
er iz a vayzoso

in English
he is an idiot (Vayzoso was one of Haman's children)

in Hebrew
הוא ויזתא (אידיוט)



אַ סך המנ'ס און נאָר איין פּורים


transliterated
a sakh Homons un nor eyn Purim


the saying actually means
there are many Haman's but only one Purim

translated to Hebrew
ישנם הרבה המנ'ים ורק פורים אחד



אַז יידן רײַסן זיך אַרום איז אַ שמחה בּײַ די המנ'ס

transliterated
az yidn raysn zikh arum iz a simkha ba di Homons

in English
when Jews fight among themselves the Haman's rejoice

in Hebrew
כשיהודים רבים בינם לבין עצמם ההמנ'ים שמחים


אַן אַנדער מענטש
מ'האָט אַמאָל געפרעגט בּײַ איינעם וואָס האָט ליבּ געהאַט 'דעם בּיטערן טראָפּ' “ווי אַזוי קענט איר אַרײַנגיסן אין זיך און דערהאַלטן אַזוי פיל משקה?”
"איך זע אַז איר פאַרשטייט גאָרנישט”גיט ער אַן ענטפער. "ווען איך גיס אַרײַן אַ כּוס'עלע ווער איך דאָך אַן אַנדער מענטשאון דער אַנדערער דאַרף דאָך אויך עפּעס נעמען אין מויל אַרײַן.....צווישן אונדז אַלע איז דאָס גאָרנישט אַזוי פיל....”


an ander Mentsh
m'hot amol gefregt ba eynem vos hot lib gehat 'dem bitern trop', “vi a'zoy kent ir a'rayngisn im zikh un derhaltn a'zoy fil mashke”?
"ikh ze az ir farshteyt gornit,” git er an entfer. “ven ikh gis a'rayn a koy'se'le ver ikh dokh an ander mentsh, un der anderer darf dokh oykh epes nemen in moyl a'rayn.... tsvishn undz a'le iz dos gornit a'zoy fil...”


a diferent person
a lush was once asked, “how can you consume such a vast amount of alcohol without ill effect”?
"I see that you don't understand a thing,” he quipped. “when I take a shot, I become a different person, and the other one also needs something to quench his thirst. Between all of us, it's is not that much...


בן אדם אחר
שאלו פעם אחד שאהב את הטיפה המרה, ''איך אתה יכול להכניס כזה כמות משקה בלי שזה ישפיע עליך?”
"אני רואה שאתה לא מבין כלום,'' הוא החזיר. ''עם לגימת כמה כוסיותאני הופך להיות לבן אדם אחרוהאחר גם הוא צריך כמה לגימותואם אתה מחלק את זה בין כלנו אז זה כבר לא כל כך הרבה....'' 

Purim is a Jewish holiday that commemorates the deliverance of the Jewish people in the ancient Persian Empire from destruction in the wake of a plot by Haman, a story recorded in the Biblical Book of Esther (Megillas Esther).
Purim is celebrated annually according to the Hebrew calender on the 14th day of the Hebrew month of Adar, the day following the victory of the Jews over their enemies. Purim begins at sundown. In cities that were protected by a surrounding wall at the time of Joshua, Purim is celebrated on the 15th of the month; Everywhere else, Purim is on the 14th, while the 15th is known as Shushan Purim. Due to Jerusalem's importance, it celebrates Purim on the 15th despite it not having been surrounded by a wall since the time of Joshua. This is to prevent less holy cities having an advantage over Jerusalem.
Purim is characterized by public recitation of the Scroll of Esther (Megillah), additions to the prayers and the grace after meals (al hannisim), giving mutual gifts of food and drink (mishloach manot), giving charity to the poor (mattanot la-evyonim),and a celebratory meal (se'udat Purim); other customs include drinking wine, wearing of masks and costumes, and public celebration.
According to the Book of Esther, Haman, royal vizier to King Ahasuerus planned to kill the Jews, but his plans were foiled by Mordechai and Queen Esther. It ended by Haman being hanged with his ten children. The day of deliverance became a day of feasting and rejoicing.
When the names of Haman and his ten sons are read in the Megilla it is read in one breath.



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