Tag: Yiddish

The Bible’s humanity

This weekend, Mr. Bookworm and I finally got around to watching “Koran by Heart,” an HBO documentary about an annual Koran memorization contest held in Cairo during Ramadan.  The documentary followed three ten-year old children — a boy from Tajikistan, a girl from the Maldives, and a boy from Senegal. 

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Obama the schvitzer

“Schvitzer” is a wonderful Yiddish word. Its literal meaning, derived from German, is “to sweat.” Yiddish, however, has layered something entirely different on top of it: a Schvitzer is an empty boaster, one who doesn’t actually do anything, but who presents himself at the end of the project covered with

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