Yiddish Vinkl for February 26

Oysvaksn (OYS-vahk-sn)

Meaning: grow

• “Akh az ikh vel oysvaksn” /”Just Wait Till I Grow Up,” title of rare children’s book by Soviet Yiddish writer Leib Kvitko about a boy who loves horses that was published in 1930s in Odessa (See “From the Bibliographer’s Desk, PaknTreger-Yiddish Book Center, fall 2020.)

• “Es vet geshen ven bay mir vet oysvaksn hor af der dlonye”/ “It will happen when hair grows on the palm of my hand.” [i.e It will never happen, bit.ly/2NTNuog)

• “She (my great-grandmother) was especially strict with me. Whenever I did something wrong she would shout, ‘Vos vet fun dir oysvaksn? Nor a ganev.’ (‘What will you turn into?! Nothing but a thief.’) That terrified me.” (From “Therefore, Choose Life…,” an autobiography by Moisey Wolf,” Oregon State University Press, 2014, page. 32)


Shaker Heights resident Harold Ticktin prepares “Yiddish Vinkl” for the Cleveland and Columbus Jewish News.

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