Yiddish week of July 6

Forshpeis (FOUR-shpys) 

Meaning: literally, ‘before meal’; appetizer

• “This delightful book is a tasty forshpeis to the uniquely expressive world of Yiddish.” (Comment on “The Oy Way: learnng Yiddish while engaging in a restorative, moving, exercise experience”;  see bit.ly/2NekSkX 

• “On Pesach, the meal is a mere forshpeis for the attractive conversation and company.” (From “China Diary: Celebrating Purim and Passover in China,” by Marion D.S. Dreyfus; (think-israel.org/dreyfus.marapr04.html)

• “Maxwell Street’s Klezmer original arrangements combine theatre, jazz and classical styles with melodies that are infused with Hassidic soul. For a forshpeis of the music, go to our website.” (Announcement of a concert to celebrate the 145th anniversary of Oheb Sholam Congregration in South Orange, N.J.; bit.ly/2NbDGkK)


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

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