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May 25, 1990 - Image 58

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1990-05-25

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o iZc st s11 , Thou Shalt Not Kill: A Child's Adventure

By MARY KORETZ

Each month in this space,
L'Chayim will present a Yiddish
lesson entitled, "Du Redst Yiddish?
(Do You Speak Yiddish?)," whose
aim is to encourage further study of
Yiddish.
The lessons were prepared by
Maly Koretz of Oak Park. She has
taught both children's and adult
classes in Yiddish at the Workmen's
Circle.

Following is this month's
lesson:

i had heard the word Shavout
but never quite hob gevisn what it
meant. It had the obscurity that St.
Swithin's Day farmogt. I hob
kaynmol met a gentile who knew
what that bateitik either. That is, I
didn't vays the meaning of Shavout
bizvanit I was asked to address
zich zelbst to that topic for the
Detroit Jewish Neis.
At that time, I hob gelernt that
it was the yom tov of the vaytsin
harvest and the gathering of the
first fruchtn. It is oych reputed to
be the tseit that God gave Moses
the Ten Commandments.

When I was tsu yung to
appreciate the bagrif of harvesting,
I hob getracht that all esnvarg
came from Dworkin's grocery store
on the vinkl. We hob gevoynt on
Russell Gahs between Westminster
and Owen and Dworkin's as on the
Owen and Russell corner.
I was also blissfully nit visndik
of the tsen commandments. I knew
that there zeinin geven terrible,
unforgivable zachn that one did not
do. Azoy vie talking back to your
eltern or killing emetser, in that
order.

he
difference
picking up
rod
eye
rage
met
convinced
killed
terror
between
find (out)
realized
impossible
further
forbidden
sure
meant
secret
keep
fate
appeared
small
distress
fear
decided
find out
anyway
steps
door
expected
grief
calm
died
to
life
death

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rut
oyg
kas
hot getrofn
ibirtseigt
derharget
shrek
tsvishn
oysgefinen
hob farshtanen
immeglech
veiter
farbotn
zicher
hot gemaynt
saud
haltn
goyrl
hobn zich bavisn
klayn
tsore
moyre
bashtimt
oysgefinen
sei vie sei
trit
tir
hob ervartn
tsar
ruik
geshtorbn
tsu
lebn
toyt

Puzzle Answers

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Vocabulary

hob gevisn
knew
farmogt possesses
hob kaynmol
never
bateitik
signified
vays
know
bizvanit
until
Defeated, my goyrl seemed
myself
sealed. Darkness came and brought zich zelbst
neis
news
it own fears. Non-existent evil spirits
hob gelernt
hobn zich bavisn behind each
learned
yom tov
garbage can. I sat, huddled, my
holiday
vaytsin
wheat
knees clasped against my chest. I
fruchtn
tried to make myself klayn, to
fruits
oych
also
disappear into nothingness. Then
tseit
time
hunger added to my tsore. When
tsu yung
hunger and moyre of darkness
too young
bagrif
concept
defeated fear of punishment, I
hob getracht
bashtimt to go home. I figured the
thought
police were bound to oysgefinen me esnvarg
food
vinkl
sei vie sei.
corner
hobn gevoynt
lived (resided)
Sadly, I retraced my trit. With
gahs
street
heavy heart, I opened the tir to my
nit visndik
unaware
house. I hob ervartn to find my
ten
mother beside herself with tsar and tsen
zeinin
geven
were
hysteria. She was ruik — amazingly
zachn
things
calm.
azoy vie
such as
Gradually, it dawned on me that eltern
parents
Waterhead's brother hadn't
emetser
someone
geshtorbn. That indeed no one had tog
day
bothered to mention the fight tzu
koshmar
nightmare
my mother. The relief I felt was like
geglaybt
believed
coming back to Iebn after toyt. I
bruder
brother
made a deal with God I would never farvos
why
kill anyone again. I never did,
gornit
nothing
though I've been tempted .. .
ober
but

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There came a tog, a koshmar
day when I geglaybt that I had
killed Waterhead's bruder. I don't
know farvos his brother was called
Waterhead. There was gornit wrong
with him. Ober there it was,
Waterhead's brother. Er and I had a
heated untershayd of opinion. It led
to his oyfhaybn a nearby metal rut
and jamming into my oyg. Blinded
by kas and pain, I lifted him up and
slammed him down. His head hot
getrofn the cement with a
resounding thud. Ibirtseigt that I
had deharget him, I fled in shrek.
Down the alley tsvishn Russell and
Cardoni, I sought refuge. Fearful
that the police would oysgefinen
me, I fled to the alley between
Cardoni and Delmar. I repeated this

flight through the alleys of Cameron
and Goodwin.
I hob farshtanen when I came
to the alley between Goodwin and
Oakland, that it was immeglech to
go any veiter. I was farbotn to
cross Oakland.

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