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Yiddish Dictionary

Yiddish Dictionary - Words and Expressions


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"Mazel Tov" can be used to congratulate a bride and groom at their wedding.

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Yiddish is a Germanic language traditionally spoken by members of the Ashkenazi Jewish community. Below is a growing list of Yiddish vocabulary definitions and expressions.

Yiddish Words

Click on a word below to learn more about its meaning.

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Yiddish Expressions

Below is a collection of Yiddish expressions. Where possible, the English meaning and Yiddish transliteration are included.

- "Words should be weighed, not counted." (Verter zol men vegn un nit tseyln.)
- "The closer to the synagogue, the farther from God." (Vos noenter tsu der shul, alts vayter fun Got.)
- "With horses you check the teeth; with a human you check the brains." (Bay ferd kukt men af di tseyn; bay a mentshn afn seykhl.)
- "What soap is to the body, laughter is to the soul."
- "Everyone is kneaded out of the same dough but not baked in the same oven."

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