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Yiddish word of the week | Chazerai כאַזער

Yiddish word of the week | Chazerai כאַזער

RABBI BEN NEWMAN, SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHT April 26, 2021

Food that is awful; junk, trash; anything disgusting, even loathsome (Yiddish כאַזער, from Heb.חזיר  “khazir,” pig). Example – “Ben, before going to sleep, could you please clean up all that chazerai?”  

Yiddish word of the week | Hock–האַק

Yiddish word of the week | Hock–האַק

Rabbi Ben Newman, Special to the Jewish Light April 19, 2021

Hock Literally: Don’t knock a tea kettle. To bother incessantly, to break, or nag from “hokn a chaynik”– “to knock a teakettle.” Hock mir nisht kein tshainik-  האַק מיר נישט קיין טשײַניק Aside from the metaphor...

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