• “May you grow like an onion with your head in the ground. Or, as it goes in the original Yiddish: Zolst vaksn vi a tzibele mitn kop in dr’erd." (“Colorful Blessings and Curses in Yiddish;” eurekalert.org.
• “Where thorns grow, there a rose will grow. /Vu es vaksn derner, dort vet vaksn a royz.”
• “Meydl, meydl, kh'vil bay dir fregn, vos ken vaksn, vaksn on regn? Girl, girl, I want to ask of you what can grow, grow without rain? (from song “Tumbalalaika.” In the 1930s, Jewish boys in Volhynia, Hungary, or Romania were singing this song to their sweethearts;” songsofmy people.com)
Shaker Heights resident Harold Ticktin prepares “Yiddish Vinkl” for the Cleveland Jewish News.