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St. Louis Jewish Light

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St. Louis Jewish Light

Yiddish Wit Of The Week: A yid hot akht un tsvantsik...

Yiddish Wit Of The Week: A yid hot akht un tsvantsik…

August 3, 2021

YiddishWit.com is a collection of Yiddish proverbs and sayings and expressions that are published in Yiddish and that lend themselves to illustration. The illustrations are created by Johanna Kovitz, and are adaptations and recombinations of existing...

James Carville tells Democrats to ‘start speaking Yiddish’

James Carville tells Democrats to ‘start speaking Yiddish’

PJ GISAR, THE FORWARD April 28, 2021

James Carville thinks Yiddish should be the language of voter outreach. Well, kind of. In an interview with Vox, the longtime political consultant and “Muppets” cast member expressed his concern about “jargon-y language” surrounding subjects...

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...

Edward Coffield

An inside look at NJT’s new season; St. Louis art notes

By Ellen Futterman, Editor September 26, 2019

Play timeFew Monday mornings start off as chill as a coffee date with Eddie Coffield, artistic director of the New Jewish Theatre. We got together at Colleen’s in Clayton to talk about the new NJT season, the first one he officially put together. Of...

Will Soll teaches a Yiddish version of a Passover song at a Shaare Emeth Yiddish Club meeting.

Yiddish groups help keep language alive in St. Louis

BY BILL MOTCHAN, SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHT May 2, 2018

You say you have shpilkes when Cardinals manager Mike Matheny calls the bullpen for a relief pitcher? Had a little too much wine and you’re feeling shikker? That’s a shondeh! But don’t worry, bubbe, listen to my mayse.Please pardon me if I’m...

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