Wednesday, May 29, 2013
A YouTube uploader named A Mishel has done a big favor for Seinfeld fans who want to learn Yiddish.He or she collected excerpts from a few popular episodes of Jerry Seinfeld's long-running sitcom and posted them with the dialogue dubbed in Yiddish and with English subtitles.
We didn't want to have a problem with copyright violations, but the poster seems to have avoided these by stating that the clip is being used for education purposes and should fall under the fair use provisions of copyright law. If you listen carefully and read the translations, you are likely to pick up a fair amount of conversational Yiddish.
In this episode, The Bar Mitzvah, Elaine is invited to a young man's Bar Mitzvah and brings a game of Boggle as a gift. At the reception, the boy's father tells him that now he is a man. Hearing this, the boy plants a French kiss on Elaine. He brags about it to his friends and soon Elaine gets invitations to six other Bar Mitzvahs. From this point on, the issue of what it means to be a man triggers a sequence of funny situations.
A lot of Yiddish expressions are tossed about, and the boy's father and even the rabbi get into the act.
(A SPECIAL NOTE FOR NEW EMAIL SUBSCRIBERS: THE VIDEO MAY NOT BE VIEWABLE DIRECTLY FROM THE EMAIL THAT YOU GET EACH DAY ON SOME COMPUTERS AND TABLETS. YOU MUST CLICK ON THE TITLE AT THE TOP OF THE EMAIL TO REACH THE JEWISH HUMOR CENTRAL WEBSITE, FROM WHICH YOU CLICK ON THE PLAY BUTTON IN THE VIDEO IMAGE TO START THE VIDEO.)