Meaning: closet or cabinet
• Yiddish saying about a good homemaker: “Vadizer shafe shmek vi a latkes/ Her closet smells like latkes.”
• “The talk show host Dr. Oz says your meditsin shafe (medicine cabinet) should have the following items: tea tree oil, tiger balm, band-aids, ibuprofen, aspirin, Pepto-Bismol, toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, nasal irrigation and valerian root. (bit.ly/3035DBf)
• “Er iz a gonif. Es iz da skelets arain in dos shafe. / He’s a thief. There are skeletons in his closet.”
Shaker Heights resident Harold Ticktin prepares “Yiddish Vinkl” for the Cleveland Jewish News.