Yiddish Vinkl for July 26

Roykh (roych with guttural ch)

Meaning: smoke

• (Song title) Roykh kumt arois in di eygen / “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes”

• “Towels, playing gin rummy and even the roykh from cigars.” (Memories of the shvitz)

• “Zayn vayb un kind ken er nit zen, es shtikt im shoyn der roykh / He can’t see his wife and child, the smoke is choking him.” (From “Dem bekers laydn” / “The Baker’s Suffering” by Morris Rund, a member of the Kosher Bakers’ Union Local 100; one of hundreds of “Yiddish Penny Songs” written from 1895 to 1925; (bit.ly/2O56H6b)


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

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