[Mendele] Mendele Volume 18 number 8

Victor Bers victor.bers at yale.edu
Sun Aug 24 19:04:18 EDT 2008

Mendele: Yiddish literature and language

Contents of Vol. 18.008
August 22, 2008

1) mukte butke (Les Train)
2) Yiddish materials for holidays (Miriam Stein)
3) "Afn veg shteyt a boym" - original lyrics? (Perele Shifer)
4) tsebalevet (Paul Glasser)

Date:  August 6
Subject: mukte butke

re: Matt Hoffman's "mukte bukte," I believe he means Matka Bozha, which is
the Polish pronunciation of "Mother of God," referring of course to Mary,
mother of Jesus. I assume at some point in the passion on the cross Jesus
would have uttered something like this.

Les Train

Date: August 8
Subject: Yiddish materials for holidays

Does anyone have any kind of Yiddish material related to Rosh Hashanah or
Yom Kippur? We need it for a Yiddish club in Skokie, IL.

A sheynem dank,

Miriam Stein

Date: August 6
Subject: "Afn veg shteyt a boym" - original lyrics?

The comedic (?) version that is often sung is apparently not the original,
which was a song about yearning for the redemption. Does anyone have the
original? Thank you.

Perele Shifer

Date: August 7
Subject: tsebalevet

Since there are relatively few Yiddish borrowings of long standing from
Russian, it is more likely that the etymon is Ukrainian "baluvaty."

Moreover, the Yiddish prefix is "tse-" (litvish Yiddish "tsu-"), not
"tser-," although it is certainly cognate with German "zer-." The standard
Yiddish phrase for "spoiled child" is "tsebalevet kind."

Paul Glasser
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