Yiddish Vinkl for November 15

Blat; Bleter (blaht; BLAY-tehr)

Meaning: leaf, leaves

• “Far vos hot Odem un Khave tsugedekt di mayse mit a blat, ven keyner hot zey nit gezen? / Why did Adam and Eve cover their business with a leaf if there was nobody to see them?” (bit.ly/2qaNbdp)

• “Di faling bleter bleter durkh meyn fentster, di faling bleter fun royt aun gold/ The falling leaves drift by the window, the falling leaves of red and gold;” from the popular song “The Autumn Leaves,” written by Hungarian-Jewish composer Joseph Kosma

• An old remedy in Jewish folklore for helping women deliver babies without pain: “Take myrtle bleter (leaves), and helfandbeyn (ivory) and pulverize them and give it to her to drink. ... It is proven.” (Raphael Patai, “On Jewish Folklore,” Wayne State University Press, Detroit, Mich., 1983)


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

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