By Rabbi Benjamin Blech
You’re no fool, of course. you could serve up an average s’il vous plaît in a French bistro, reside l. a. vida loca for an evening of margaritas, and deal with a sayonara! after sushi, sake, and karaoke. but if it involves throwing round a bit Yiddish, you are feeling like a complete nebbish! Don’t throw up your arms in a helpless “Oy, vey” simply but! the full Idiot’s consultant® to studying Yiddish is your consultant to this specified tongue, no matter if you’re tackling ideas of grammar or simply throwing round a few keywords so that you sound rather less goyish. during this whole Idiot’s advisor® you get: --A attention-grabbing clarification of ways and why Yiddish built. --An effortless creation to the Yiddish alphabet, in addition to to the exact sound of Yiddish. --All the Yiddish you’ll desire for speaking with friends and family or for bargain-hunting on New York’s decrease East part. --A treasury of Yiddish phrases and words for every thing.
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Be generous, and you will be gebentsht (blessed). Constructive Criticism The scene is a Jewish restaurant. The waiter has just completed a marathon back and forth to the kitchen to serve his large table seven courses. " The religious mission of a Jew is to improve the world. That concept is called tikun olam. Transferring it to the mundane, Jews believe that complaining is more than a right; it is a religious obligation. To criticize the food preparation today means that perhaps when the Messiah comes tomorrow, the food will be better and worthy of this royal guest.
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