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A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

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St. Louis Jewish Light

Yiddish | What a wise man hears

Yiddish | What a wise man hears

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content Officer April 18, 2022

According to the YIVO, the Institute of Jewish Research, the term “Yiddish” is derived from the German word for “Jewish.” The most accepted (but not the only) theory of the origin of Yiddish is that it began to take shape by the 10th century...

Why I pray Ill never become a Schmegoogle

Why I pray I’ll never become a Schmegoogle

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content Officer April 11, 2022

I ran across a book today, that I just had to tell you about. It's written by Daniel Klein, who figured that Yiddish needed an update to make it more conducive in modern times.  He penned "Schmegoogle: Yiddish Words for Modern Times," which contains...

Dont read this weeks Yiddish Word(s), its just a bubbe meises

Don’t read this weeks’ ‘Yiddish Word(s)’, it’s just a ‘bubbe meises’

March 7, 2022

Bring on the ‘bubbe meises’: A look at Jewish superstitions Never toss a hat on a bed. Always close a holy book when you finish reading it. Spit three times when you hear good or bad news. Many of us grew up hearing and adhering to these...

What your bubbe meant when she said gey strashe di gens

What your bubbe meant when she said ‘gey strashe di gens’

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content Officer February 28, 2022

According to the YIVO, the Institute of Jewish Research, the term “Yiddish” is derived from the German word for “Jewish.” The most accepted (but not the only) theory of the origin of Yiddish is that it began to take shape by the 10th century...

Chopped livers redemption found in The Yiddish Word(s) Of The Week

Chopped liver’s redemption found in The Yiddish Word(s) Of The Week

February 14, 2022

According to the YIVO, the Institute of Jewish Research, the term “Yiddish” is derived from the German word for “Jewish.” The most accepted (but not the only) theory of the origin of Yiddish is that it began to take shape by the 10th century...

Something funny my Bubbe used to say in Yiddish

Something funny my Bubbe used to say in Yiddish

February 7, 2022

It’s truly amazing how long it takes till you really understand your grandfather or at least a part of him, 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,...

Yiddish Word Of The Day: Gevaldig

Yiddish Word Of The Day: Gevaldig

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content Officer January 31, 2022

According to the YIVO, the Institute of Jewish Research, the term “Yiddish” is derived from the German word for “Jewish.” The most accepted (but not the only) theory of the origin of Yiddish is that it began to take shape by the 10th century...

Yiddish word(s) of the day: He has as much sense....

Yiddish word(s) of the day: “He has as much sense….”

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content Officer January 24, 2022

According to the YIVO, the Institute of Jewish Research, the term "Yiddish" is derived from the German word for "Jewish." The most accepted (but not the only) theory of the origin of Yiddish is that it began to take shape by the 10th century as Jews from...

Yiddish word(s) of the day: Ill have a love on rye?

Yiddish word(s) of the day: I’ll have a ‘love’ on rye?

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content Officer January 11, 2022

Yiddish has style. The style comes not just from the incredibly humorous sounding words, but from the literal way our great-great-grandparents, great-grandparents, and grandparents sounded when they said the words. I’m referring to their voices and...

Be careful who you call a Machashefa

Be careful who you call a “Machashefa”

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content Officer January 3, 2022

Yiddish has style. The style comes not just from the incredibly humorous sounding words, but from the literal way our great-great-grandparents, great-grandparents, and grandparents sounded when they said the words. I’m referring to their voices and...

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