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The Brilliance and Wisdom of Yiddish Proverbs

The Brilliance and Wisdom of Yiddish Proverbs

My beloved father had a saying "The mind can only absorb what the tuchus can endure."  Although I have found this quote attributed to many different people, I like to think that its wisdom is pure yiddishkeit.  In the treasure trove of cultural acumen, Yiddish proverbs stand out as pearls of insight, summing up the collective experiences and humor of the Jewish people. These succinct and often humorous expressions have been passed down through generations, offering timeless guidance and a touch of Yiddish charm. Here are just a few of these memorable proverbs: "You should grow like an onion with your...

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Illuminating Memories: The Significance of Lighting the Yahrzeit

Illuminating Memories: The Significance of Lighting the Yahrzeit

In Judaism, remembrance plays a profound role in connecting generations and honoring the memories of departed loved ones. When my mother passed away a few years ago a friend said to me that our parents are the guiding light in our lives. This is so true and lighting the yarzheit reminds me of that. Several years earlier when my father passed I looked for a yahrzeit candle and realized that they were mainly the jelly jar food store variety. Naturally I went into my studio and created one. And although I know that some people prefer the traditional candle, I...

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Laughing with our Jewish Mothers

Laughing with our Jewish Mothers

In honor of all the Jewish Mamalas, Tantes and Bubbies (and let's not forget the Machatunim), the ones who are with us today, and the ones in blessed memory, let's celebrate Mother's Day with a little humor! What do you get when 500 Jewish mothers convert to Catholicism?Critical Mass.What do a Jewish mother-in-law and 60 Minutes have in common?They both always start with tsk tsk tsk tsk tsk tsk tsk tsk...Mona Lisa's Jewish Mother: "After all the money your father and I spent on braces, this you call a smile?"Mama invited 16 people for Sabbath dinner. At the table, she...

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Celebrating the Woman of Valor: Unveiling the History and Significance of this Timeless Saying

Celebrating the Woman of Valor: Unveiling the History and Significance of this Timeless Saying

The "Woman of Valor" saying is derived from a Hebrew poem called "Eishet Chayil," which appears in the Book of Proverbs in the Hebrew Bible. The poem is a hymn of praise to the virtues and accomplishments of a virtuous woman. It describes her as someone who possesses inner strength, wisdom, and compassion. The "Eishet Chayil" poem has been recited and revered in Jewish homes for centuries, often as a tribute to wives and mothers.But the concept of the "Woman of Valor" is not limited to Jewish tradition alone. Similar expressions exist in various cultures and religions around the world....

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Just saying Chai - 18 Yiddish words you should know

Just saying Chai - 18 Yiddish words you should know

Yiddish is a unique blend of Hebrew, German, Slavic, and Romance languages, with roots in the Ashkenazi Jewish world.  It is a rich and expressive language in literature, music, art, dance, and theater exploring Jewish life and culture.  Many artists grew up speaking Yiddish in their homes, and some wrote or performed in it.  Think of such diverse talents as Isaac Bashevis Singer, Sholem Aleichem, Franz Kafka, Sarah Bernhardt, Itzhak Perlman, Mandy Patinkin, and Mel Brooks.  And let us not forget Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Dr Ruth Westheimer, and that famous Shabbos Goy - Elvis Presley! It has had a significant impact on the...

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