The collection of Yiddish proverbs has been collected over a hundreds of years. Sources are the bible, the Talmud, the people's folklore from Eastern Europe and Germany, and there are also proverbs from Yiddish speakers themselves. Parallel proverbs ...
in Hebrew, English and Russian accompany the Yiddish proverbs as well as literal translations of the proverbs into those languages. The dictionary also contains alphabetical indexes of the parallel proverbs in Hebrew, English and Russian together with referrals to the original Yiddish proverb, this making it a combined two-way dictionary: Yiddish to Hebrew, English and Russian; and in the other direction: Hebrew to Yiddish, English to Yiddish and Russian to Yiddish. The folklore of Eastern European Jewry is characterised by an unusual degree of self criticism and this shows up in the proverbs. A large proportion of Yiddish proverbs are humorous, perspicacious and sophisticated and some make opposite statements about the same matter.
Number of pages: 240
Date of publication: 01/01/2006
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