Yiddish Vinkl for November 29

Ergetz (AIR-gets)

Meaning: somewhere

• “There are all kinds of stories in Jewish folk fantasy bound to the ‘ergetz hinter di Hore-khoyshek’ (somewhere behind the legendary mountain of darkness) – stories of wonder that are framed in the geographic novelty of wonderland.” (See “The Myth of Chelm in Jewish Literature;” bit.ly/35wME4E)

• “Ergetz Iber a Sheynem Regnboygn/Somewhere Over The Rainbow,” co-written by two New York Jews born to Russian and Lithuanian, Yiddish-speaking parents. The lyrics were penned by Yip Harburg (Isidore Hochberg) and Harold “Hyman” Arlen wrote the music. Despite the song being written for its use in”The Wizard of Oz,” it draws on the themes of the Zionist movement expressing a yearning for Zion.” (bit.ly/33hDIyv)

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

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