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The Yiddish Language and its Sanctity

In a letter to the Tog–Morgn Zhurnal, February 24, 1961 (also printed in דרשות און כּתובֿים), Rav Yosef Dov Halevi Soloveitchik wrote that Yiddish can be considered as a tashmish kedusha. He says that ...
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What's the etymology of the Hassidic term "b'sho'oh" for a chaperoned quasi-date?

The etymology is from the German "beschau," to inspect.
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Why do we consider Eisav's nachas goyish if Eisav was a Jew?

The question is predicated on a joke which you missed or which wasn't properly explained. One of the grandsons of Esav was named Nachas, as we see in Bereishit 36:13: וְאֵלֶּה בְּנֵי רְעוּאֵל, נַחַת ...
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Who is the author of Gott Fun Avrohom?

While Isaac lays out the common claim of Levi Yitzchok Berditschever (as well as the fallacy thereof) he doesn't go farther back. Per the author of the Treasures of Ashkenaz blog, the authorship ...
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Yiddish Woman name - Malya

Alexander Harkavy writes in his Yiddish-English-Hebrew Dictionary (1928 edition) that מאַלע /male/ (which with a "weak lamed" is /malye/) is a backformation from מלכּה /malke/ (which means queen), ...
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וועלען בענטשען or וועלין בענטשין

The various spellings are trying to get at a vowel-less pronunciation of the final syllable: the syllabic n (for example, some English dialects pronounce "button" as "but'n", with a syllabic n at the ...
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Online glossary of Yiddish terms commonly used in shiur

I got it in camp many years ago and someone tried to fix the words that got cut off it's not perfect and it's not so clear as you mentioned it was photocopied too many times
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Wishes to a mourner in addition to "Hamokom Yenachem Eschem"

Rav Yehudah Aryeh Dunner of Bnei Brak in his שאלות המצויות - ח"ג עמ' קז quotes Rav Shmuel Vosner ZTL that the reason this phrase was added was because the words המקום ינחם אתכם are in future tense, ...
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What's a Grammen?

From Yiddish Dictionary Online: גראַם - m. gram - rhyme. Thus, גראַמען would mean to rhyme. This is, of course, just a partial answer. [To the tune of "Yankee Doodle":] Nasty Haman in Shushan, ...
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Yiddish Song on Purim

According to this forum post here, the song is called "גראמען לכבוד חדש אדר" - "Rhymes in honor of the month of Adar" ("Gramen" means "rhymes" in Yiddish) and ...
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Siddur Tehilas Hashem - Yiddish

This is from Kehot Publishing. It is called Siddur Korban Mincha. The prayers are not in Yiddish, but it has a running Yiddish commentary. It is according to nusach Chabad. http://store.kehotonline....
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Burning "pulver" on Simchas Torah?

See here that פּולווער is gunpowder and here and here that it was common in some communities to light firecrackers on Simchat Torah.
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What does the word 'Fakhert' mean in yiddish?

Fakehrt generally means "to the contrary," or, "the opposite is true". Punkt fakehrt means the "exact opposite is true". A fakehrte sevara means "an opposite way of ...
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Did Ashkenazi Karaites exist?

There were Kariates living in Russia among the Ashkenazi Jewish community but they did not consider themselves any more Jewish than the Samaritans consider themselves to be Jews. They were known as ...
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Who is the author of Gott Fun Avrohom?

Levi Yitzhak of Berditchev; portrait of a Hasidic master, by R' Samuel H. Dresner says (p. 108) "both words and tune are ascribed to Levi Yitzhak," but in an endnote (on p. 215), he cites Samuel ...
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Online glossary of Yiddish terms commonly used in shiur

I'm not sure if this is the exact page you're talking about, but here is something I found that was posted by another Mi Yodeya user on another Yiddish answer:
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What do you call a female Chosid?

The Comprehensive English-Yiddish Dictionary has Hasid, f. --- די חסידה, ־ות; די חסידתטע, ־ס with pronunciations [KhSÍDE, -S] and [KhSÍDESTE, -S], respectively.
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What is the meaning of this painting?

Well, this has been fun. This was definitely painted by someone who was not fully Hebrew-literate, and not used to writing the letters. He may have been trying to make a Jewish- or Biblical-looking ...
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Etymology of the word "Kvater"

Aruch HaShulchan Yoreh De'ah 265:35: וקורין לזה קוואט"ר. ויראה לי שזהו מלשון "קטורת", דאמרינן בכריתות (כריתות ו ב): מה לשון "קטורת"? דבר שקוטר ועולה. ופירש רש"י: קוטר – ...
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Jewish nachas (satisfaction)

Beraishis 36 (13) shows that Nachas was a grandson of Eisav and son of Reuel. יג וְאֵלֶּה בְּנֵי רְעוּאֵל נַחַת וָזֶרַח שַׁמָּה וּמִזָּה אֵלֶּה הָיוּ בְּנֵי בָשְׂמַת אֵשֶׁת עֵשָֽׂו: 13 And these are ...
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Etymology of “Krepel”

The Yiddish word kreplach is plural of krepl, a diminutive of krap or krep which supposedly comes from Yiddish's primary ancestor language, Middle High German, where krappe or krapfe meant "a (...
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R' Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev - Story About the Surname "Derbaremdiker"

What is the source for this story? On page 32 of this booklet it attributes the story to Rav Kalonymus Kalman Shapira, better know as the Piaseczno Rebbe. And what year did it circulate? The ...
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Hidden Meaning in "Oyfn Pripetshik"

The pshat of this song may be its primary meaning, but I think that there is a shadow behind the fire of something else. I think the "children" are the B'nei Yisroel. The warm shtub is a metaphor for ...
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Is there a word for this concept?

I think the term Golus covers what you are looking for. I do not mean the literal translation, but rather the sentimental feeling the word gives, and its application even by those that live in Israel.
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Yiddish version of "Tov Li Toras Picha"

טוב לי תורת פיך מאלפי זהב וכסף "The Torah of your mouth is better for me than thousands of gold and silver." (Tehillim 119:72) עס איז בעסער צו לערנען די הייליגע תורה מער ווי אלע גאלד און זילבער (...
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Was the original Yiddish lost in the Hebrew sichos?

The original lekute sichos were published in Hebrew and Yiddish with most being published in Yiddish. The entire set which is made up of 39 volumes were heavily edited by the Lubavitcher Rebbe both in ...
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The Yiddish Language and its Sanctity

The Satmar Rebbe ZT"L is quoted in an article (הבית שלנו - המודיע תש״ס) to have said the following (translated): " There is a special kedushah in the Yiddish language because it is a ...
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Why do we consider Eisav's nachas goyish if Eisav was a Jew?

The development of the term seems not related to Eisav particularly, Another common use of the word naches is in characterizing something as particularly Jewish or non-Jewish. If one wishes to say ...
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What do you call a female Chosid?

Chossidit is an adjective, not a name. But Chassidist is a name. In Hebrew this name is Chassida. In Erets Israel we say Chassida. But Litayt, not Litaa. (mnemonic: Storks eat lizards, so we say ...
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Online Mussar and Gemara Shiurim in Yiddish?

The Lubavitcher Rebbe (the seventh rebbe of Chabad) Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson conducted most all of his shiurim in Yiddish. Most people have bad sentiments against Chabad-Lubavitch so you mind ...
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