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September 24, 1965 - Image 65

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1965-09-24

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Dedicate Memorial to Martyrd Jews

The Yiddish Curse, as Viewed by Sholem Aleichem

—From Maurice Samuel's "The have taken Przemysl! We have "Pardon me, sir, have you also
World of Sholom Aleichem".
taken Kamenetz-Pocklsk! We have taken Ameesehmeshineh?" "No"
answered the officer, haughtily,
The Yiddish curse, particularly taken Radomysl!
At last the Jew asked, timidly: "but we intend to take that too."
as developed by the Kasrielevky
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market-woman, must be classified
as a branch of Yiddish humor. It
Best Wishes To All On The New Year
was a pastime and a form of self-
expression rather than an imple-
ment—even theoretical—of war. A
people physically disarmed takes
refuge in dreams and words; where
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resentment cannot issue in action,

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it makes shift with the imagina-
tion, and in the course of time the
purely imaginative element tri-
Best Wishes for a Happy New Year
umphs over the emotion; the curse
To Our Friends and Patrons
becomes a dreamy exercise prac-
Mr. and Mrs. Kalman Lustig of
ticed for its own sake.
The Yiddish curse was the do-
main of women. They had not
the man's learning to serve them-
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as escape; they had not so many
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prayers and other religious duties.
In a sense; then, curse was
a substitute; there is a close ety-
Happy New Year
mological relationship between
"prayer" and "imprecation."
The nearest approach to the
curse for ingenuity, variety, vol-
ume, complication and complete-
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ness is to be found in the medieval
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WE 3-1850
Church anathema. But there is
this difference: the Church curse
makes your blood run cold, the
Yiddish curse is downright funny.
And it is funny because unlike the
Happy NewYear to Our Relatives and Friends
Church curse it does not believe,
or pretend to believe. in its own
potency. The greater its exuber-
ance, the more striking its pathos.
Wool and Cotton Rags
It is the reductio ad absurdum
of the curse.
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The phrase "unusual death" is
of Hebrew origin, and the Kasriel-
evky pronunciation is meeseh me-
shineh. Actually the market-wo-
Happy New Year
man could not have said what
meeseh meshineh meant, literally.
A variant of the curse is: "May
you take a meeseh meshineh"-
24200 Telegraph Rd.
the word "take" being used here
Between 9 and 10 Mile Roads
in the same way as we use it in
Southfield, Michigan
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English for "taking" a medicine.
There is a story attached to "tak
ing a meeseh meshineh." A Jew
sitting apposite a Prussian officer
in a train was forced to listen to
Greetings
a long recital of the military
triumphs of Germany. The officer
would exclaim, whenever they
were passing a fortress or a forti-
Greeting Cords — Gifts — Table Prizes
fied city: "You see this? We, the
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Prussians, have taken it!" Between
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cities and fortresses he would re-
call, in a kind of chant, all the
foreign places where the arms of
Germany had been victorious. "We

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"Homage Six Million," by Louise Nevelson, a major work of
sculpture which was dedicated recently at the Jewish Museum, 1109
Fifth Ave., New York, in a brief program commemorating the
victims of the Nazi holocaust. Dr. Louis Finkelstein, chancellor of
the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, under whose auspices
the museum operates, spoke at the presentation ceremony.

-NEW YEAR GREETINGS

Sincere Good. Wishes

Great Lakes
Iron & Metal Co.

GRAND AUTO
REPLACEMENT
PARTS, INC.

270 HALTINER
River Rouge
• 841-1818

3300 Grand River
Harry E.Citrin - Harely J. Citrin
TE 1-5353

Happy New Year to Our
Friends and Patrons

HAPPY NEW YEAR

GU RWI N'S AUTO
BODY KLIN IC

GEORGE W. GRAY

New Location . . .
7711 W. 8 Mile Rd.
Call UN 4-8180 — UN 4-8181
For Towing Estimates

17616 Wyoming UN 3-2900

Insurance

Happy New. Year

ROBERT LAURIE

9435 Copland

Sincerest Best Wishes to All
On the Dawn of a New Year

LERNER-LINDEN CONSTRUCTION CO.

21701 Republic

863-9100

Oak Park, Mich.

Best Wishes to Our Friends
For A Happy New Year

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Midwest Waste Material Co.

MITCHELL GREETING CO.

Happy Holiday To All

New Year's Greetings
To Our Friends and
Customers

GERHARDT'S
MEAT MARKET

UN 2-9828

MITCHELL SYRUP & PRESERVE CO.

1951 E. Ferry

Detroit

WA 1-0800

The home of home-made
German Style Sausages.
Finest Quality Meats
9930 Wyoming WE 3-0692

Best Wishes for a Joyous
New Year to All Our
Friends and Patrons

Happy New Year

MAGDA HAIR FASHIONS

Glendale Electronic
Supply Co.

UN 4-0957

Call for Appointment

Holiday Greetings

MOTOR CITY TRANSIT MIX, Inc.

READY MIXED CONCRETE

21420 W. 8 Mile Rd.

444-1290

Wholesale Only

12530

Hamilton

TU 3-1500

Happy New Year

MANHATTAN CONTAINER CO.

Corrugated Cartons

23823 Dequindre, Hazel Park

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MICHIGAN INDUSTRIAL LAUNDRY, INC.

Coloring - Permanents - Tinting - Hair Styling
Air Conditioned

13128 West Seven Mile Rd.

04010 •

MAYERS BAKERY & PASTRY SHOP

LORI LYNN HAIR FASHIONS

13334 W. McNichols

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MIMCO-SARJAC

Wholesale Beef and Boneless Cuts

2852 Eighteenth St.
VI 2-0590 -- TA 5-7580

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New Year Greetings

! GLOBE AGENCY
INC.

Mr. Sam Zack, Pres.
20030 JAMES COUZENS
342-3616

Best Wishes For A Happy New Year

NATIONAL REPRODUCTIONS CORPORATION

Microfilming Services & Systems
Microfilm Supplies & Equipment
Duplicating & Offset Printing
Blue Printing & Photographic Reproductions
Xerographic Reproductions
429 E. Jefferson
318 Penobscot
17500 Wyoming
WO 1-5252
WO 3-0457
UN 3-0210
27900 Groesbeck — PR 2-4530

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Compliments of

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Holiday Good Cheer

GLOBE PARCEL
SERVICE

STAN LONG
PONTIAC

10450 Grand River near Oakman Blvd.

6460 Michigan

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TA 5-7560

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
Friday, September 24, 1 965-65

New Year Greetings

MARGOLIS FURNITURE

9130 JOS. CAMPAU

HAMTRAMCK, MICR

TR 1-1500

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