Yiddish Vinkle for June 12

Moyre (MOY-reh)

Meaning: fear

• Perhaps a reflection of Jewish history, moyre is only one of many Yiddish words for fear, i.e. pakhed, farbayflyen, shrekn and farkhaptkay.

• “Zayn vort zol zayn a brik, volt ikh moyre gehat aribertsugeyn. If his word were a bridge, I’d be afraid to cross it. In other words: That person’s a big old liar.” ( bit.ly/2YediwT)

• “Dem Yidns simkhe iz mit a bisl moyre / A Jew’s joy is (always mixed) with a bit of fear.” (bit.ly/2Af2qHg)


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

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