Yiddish Vinkl for September 13

Geshrai (ge-SHRYE)

Meaning: a cry, scream, wail

• “A himmel geshrai” is a Yiddish phrase that, loosely translated, means “a tragedy of such catastrophic proportions that the heavens themselves cry out.” Sadly, the growing number of family breakdowns in our communities can be summed up as “a himmel geshrai.”’ (bit.ly/2k66IIR)

• “Geshrai Of De Vilde Kotchke:” / The Cry of The Wild Goose” sung by former Clevelander Mickey Katz and his Kosher Jammers on his 1951 album entitled, “Borscht Riders in the Sky,” a parody of the popular song "Ghost Riders in the Sky." (bit.ly/2m2elkj).

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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