Magen David, Oi Vey (1901)
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IDYLS OF THE GASS
by Martha Wolfenstein
Books for Libraries Press, Freeport, NY
OED read this book and came away with three citations (shegetz, tsores,
Pg. 15: ...you would wonder at the joy with which one feeds for days on a
bit of Talmud wisdom, a "good word" which the rabbi gives forth in his weekly
_Shiur_ (Talmud lecture).
Pg. 21: "What nonsense, the way she makes herself _meshugge_ (crazy) with
that _Yungel_ (little lad)!"
Pg. 25: She has, _nebbich_, not much, and must work hard for her little bite
Pg. 35: ..._Backstub_ (bake-room)...
Pg. 36: Odd times, when betrothals, weddings, and _Bar Mitzvahs_ were not
pressing, she filled in with the baking of small cakes, _Kuchele_, made of
almonds and hard-boiled eggs.
Pg. 48: "_Mehlsupp' mit Spitzgerl_ (flour soup with mushrooms)," announced
his well-trained nose.
Pg. 52: ..._Matzos_ (unleavened bread)...
Pg. 53: ...rise and thus become leaven, in other words, _chometz_, unfit.
Pg. 53: Each new group has a manner of its own, some running sbout and
shrieking like mad during the process; but good-natured ones let you help,
even to the punching of little (Pg. 54--ed.) holes with a _Radlech_ (little
rolling cog-wheel) into the unbaked cakes.
Pg. 62: "Don't talk _Shtuss_ (nonsense), child!"
Pg. 65: That's all very well, but his mother's nice holiday cheese--"_Ai,
wai!!_" and indignation got the upper hand.
Pg. 78: "I'm struck dumb, O _wai!_" he thought.
Pg. 79: "Oi!"
Pg. 90: ,,,"She is a whole _Maggid_ (scholar, preacher)."
(OED has 1892, then 1901 for "Maggid"--ed/)
Pg. 108: "_Shalet_, eggs, and +Kugel_! Is that all? Hm! Reb Noach is also
one of those who lives only to eat!"
Pg. 111: "Thou canst also sniff a little whether they have baked their
_Barches_ (Sabbath bread)."
Pg. 140: "Now let her come and bake _Taschkerln_with this stuff!"
Pg. 170: ..'Yes, 'tis the same one, of velvet, with the _Mogen Dovid_
(SHheld of David_worked in it...
(The revised OED has 1904 for "Magen David"----ed.)
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