Yiddish Vinkl for September 6

Es Past Nisht (ess PAHSS-nisht)

Meaning: unfitting, inappropriate

• There is a Jewish phrase some parents will use with their children when they do something wrong. It says, “Es past nisht.”Literally translated, it means, “this does not become you.’” It tells the child that he/she isn’t bad but that they are, indeed, too good to be doing something beneath them. (See “Ponderings from a Wandering Pastor”; bit.ly/2k1mSmU)

• “The Midrash, in Esther Rabbah (7:5), suggests that Haman sewed an image, a depiction of a god on his clothes. Mordechai, seeing the image, cannot bow since bowing publicly to an idol or image is clearly forbidden. In fact es past nisht ...” (bit.ly/2krA6JQ)

• “Our family’s boxing promoter friend was an anomaly, but only because of a vague sense that “es past nisht,” it just isn’t done; Jews – real Jews – don’t box and neither do they play they polo.” (bit.ly/2lxRUTJ)


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

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