YIDDISH WISDOM

heart

The Heart is small and embraces the whole wide world
Di klainer hartz nemt arum di groisseh velt

When the heart is full, the eyes overflow
Az dos hartz is ful, gai'en di oigen iber

pot

The food is cooked in a pot and the plate gets the honor
Shpeiz kocht men in top un koved krigt der teller

rose bush

God takes with one hand, and gives with the other
Got nemt mit ain hant un git mit der andereh

The smallest vengeance poisons the soul.
Di klensteh nekomeh farsamt di neshomeh

hat in field

Hope for miracles but don't rely on one
Hof oif nissim noz farloz zich nit oif a nes

Ask advice from everyone, but act with your own mind
Barat zich mit venem du vilst; un tu miten aigenem saichel

Excerpted from: Yiddishe Chochma

illustrated by Kristina Swarner

book cover

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