Posts tagged yiddish
Posts tagged yiddish
Rosh Hashanah cards in Yiddish from Poland. These are undated, but certainly predate WWII.
Fact: Yiddish is the best language
Look at all these great curses
Ale tsores vos ikh hob oyf mayn hartsn, zoln oysgeyn tsu zayn kop.
All problems I have in my heart, should go to his head.
Eyn imglik iz far im veynik.
One misfortune is too few for him.
Zol er krenken un gedenken.
Let him suffer and remember.
A meshugener zol men oyshraybn, un im araynshraybn.
They should free a madman, and lock him up.
Gut zol oyf im onshikn fin di tsen makes di beste.
God should visit upon him the best of the Ten Plagues.
Fransn zol esn zayn layb.
Venereal disease should consume his body.
Farshporn zol er oyf(tsu)shteyn?
Why bother getting up alive?
A kleyn kind zol nokh im heysn.
A young child should be named after him.
Vi tsu derleb ikh im shoyn tsu bagrobn.
I should outlive him long enough to bury him.
Ale tseyn zoln bay im aroysfaln, not eyner zol im blaybn oyf tsonveytung.
All his teeth should fall out except one to make him suffer.
In di zumerdike teg zol er zitsn shive, un in di vinterdike nekht zikh raysn af di tseyn.
On summer days he should mourn, and on wintry nights, he should torture himself.
Got zol gebn, er zol hobn altsding vos zayn harts glist, nor er zol zayn geleymt oyf ale ayvers un nit kenen rirn mit der tsung.
God should bestow him with everything his heart desires, but he should be a quadriplegic and not be able to use his tongue.
Migulgl zol er vern in a henglayhter, by tog zol er hengen, un bay nakht zol er brenen.
He should be transformed into a chandelier, to hang by day and to burn by night.
Zayn mazl zol im layhtn vi di levone in sof khoydesh.
His luck should be as bright as a new moon.
Names are considered very significant in Judaism. The sages of the Midrash recommend that “one should name one’s child after a righteous person, for sometimes the name influences the person’s behavior and destiny.” As such, Jewish parents have always searched for positive names to give their children, often naming after deceased relatives and righteous scholars.
Over the generations there have been several types of Jewish names: 1) Biblical names, 2) Talmudic names, 3) Names from the animal world, 4) Names from nature, 5) Names that include G‑d’s name, 6) Names of angels. Then there are the many derivatives and nicknames based on these names.
These days, we are encouraged to choose meaningful names that have been passed down for generations. But even if a name is not particularly meaningful, there is no reason to change it unless a person was named after someone wicked.
Jewish boys are named during the ritual circumcision (brit milah), and Jewish girls are named at the first synagogue Torah reading following their birth. The Jewish name given at that time remains with the person for the rest of his or her life. And while one may also have a secular name, it is preferable to use one’s Jewish name whenever possible.
Jewish names come from many languages—Hebrew, Yiddish, German, Latin, Greek, Russian, etc. It is not necessary to translate the name into Hebrew for it to be considered a Jewish name.