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5 epic Yiddish words you should be using, like, now.

A bissel of mamaloshen for the likes of Stephen Hawking
Stephen Hawking, in Yiddish
Stephen Hawking, in Yiddish

Word to your Bubbe and Zayde. Whether it’s a compliment, or a kick in the tuchus, sometimes you need a bissel of Yiddish to get the job done.

shanda

People. I am all for freedom of expression. But come on. This is the IDF, not Girls Gone Wild — or an audition for Princesses: Long Island

I understand needing to let off a little steam. Fine. But do it out of uniform. Oh wait, they did. But you know what I mean.

farblondjet

Esteban Alterman, an Israeli photojournalist and ALS sufferer said it poignantly in an open letter to Hawking:

 “Your decision to join the academic boycott of Israel undermines the battle for scientific discovery and advancement that has the potential to find cures, or even simply remedies to give us our quality of life back, for our common disease, and those of others who suffer in their own ways.”

Yup. Stephen Hawking is truly, Farblondjet

 putz

The CEO of Abercrombie made a big fat mistake when he said — I kibets you not — that he only wants thin, good looking people to wear his clothes. Only a putz like Mike Jeffries would say something so degrading and asinine.

 shayna maidel

Chosen hottest woman in the whole entire world by FHM, and ranking 4th on Maxim’s hot list, Mila is a total shayna maidel. And apparently, she’ll be visiting Israel soon.  (Why yes, that sound you hear is Bar Refaeli gnashing her teeth.)

Oy. 

yutz

(Putz was already taken.)

What kind of a yutz visits Anne Frank House and writes in the guest book “Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a Belieber“? Obviously someone who thinks that the Holocaust and the murder of millions upon millions was all about him.

Now you tell me. What’s your favorite Yiddish word?

About the Author
Sarah Tuttle-Singer, author of Jerusalem Drawn and Quartered and the New Media Editor at Times of Israel, She was raised in Venice Beach, California on Yiddish lullabies and Civil Rights anthems. She now lives in Israel with her two kids where she climbs roofs, explores cisterns, opens secret doors and talks to strangers, and writes stories about people. Sarah also speaks before audiences left, right, and center through the Jewish Speakers Bureau, asking them to wrestle with important questions while celebrating their willingness to do so. She also loves whisky and tacos and chocolate chip cookies and old maps and foreign coins and discovering new ideas from different perspectives. Sarah is a work in progress.
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