My bubbe told me to do this if I was “bored.” Bet yours did too.


Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content Officer

It’s truly amazing how long it takes till you really understand your bubbe or at least a part of her, you took for granted.

Since joining the Jewish Light, I’ve reflected on my own Jewish experience growing up, and part of that was the Yiddish, my grandparents would use, particularly my maternal grandparents, Mama and Baba. Both would use Yiddish on occasion, and not knowing really what they were saying, I just laughed at how funny they sounded. But some of the words and phrases stuck in my head, and with a bit of research, I think I’ve found what they were saying.

One of the things Mama did not like, was a bored Jordan.  So, when I complained that I had nothing to do, she told me to Gey klop kop af vant. And one time, I really did do it. Explains everything.