Yiddish Vinkl for October 11

Matbeye (maht-BAYeh)

Meaning: coin

• “An ascetic who is too spiritual to care for money is said to ‘nisht visn ken tsures matbeye – not to know what a coin even looks like.’” (Michael Wex, “Born To Kvetch”; St. Martin’s Press, New York, N.Y.; 2005; page 208)

• “Der dales un di matbeye nekhtikn nit unter ein dakh / Poverty and money don’t spend the night under the same roof.” (Wolfgang Mieder and Alan Dundes, editors; “The Wisdom of Many: Essays on the Proverb,” University of Wisconsin Press, Madison, Wisc., 1994, page 77)

• “Drey matbeyes in der fontan / Three Coins In A Fountain;” popular song title; Julie Styne melody, Sammy Cahn lyrics.

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


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

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