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St. Louis Jewish Light

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St. Louis Jewish Light

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...

This new video of a classic Yiddish song will make you plotz

This new video of a classic Yiddish song will make you plotz

Lior Zaltzman October 11, 2021

Our favorite purveyors of Ashkenazi grandma chic are back with a new Yiddish bop and we are obsessed. Obsessed, I tell you! Vibers, the Israeli duo of Michal Karmi and Yael Tal, have a new remake of a Yiddish standard — this time with a version...

The funny Yiddish things my Bubbe/Zayde said

The funny Yiddish things my Bubbe/Zayde said

Jordan Palmer September 21, 2021

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 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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