Gimpel Beynish the Matchmaker
(Gimpl Beynish der Shadkhn)
Yiddish Comics of the early 20th century

Translation and commentary by Jane Peppler
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Monday, February 22, 2016

It's just a cold. 10-17-1914

There were always some throw-away comics like this one, a nod to winter woes. I like how he goes from saying "don't make like this is death" to "Oh no, they're dying!"

October 17, 1914: These days, who doesn't have a cold?
  1. GB: Lads, don't pretend you're dying. Come to school.
  2. Motke: Papa, Notke and I - a- a -
  3. GB: What kind of rotten shtik are you trying out?
  4. GB: Oh no, they must be dying.
  5. Motke and Notke: A - a- choo !!

װער האָט עס ניט אַ קאָלד הײַנטיגע צײַטען?

גימפּעל בײניש: חבֿרה, מאַכט אײַך גאָר ניט גע׳פּגר׳ט. קומט אין שוהל.
מאָטקע: פּאַפּאַ, איך און נאָטקע – אַ- אַו- אַ - אַו …
גימפּעל בײניש: װאָס פֿאַר פֿױלע שטיק װילט איהר מיר פּראַװען?
גימפּעל בײניש: ניט אַנדערש עס איז זײ פֿאַר דער מיתה.
מאָטקע און נאָטקע! אַ - אַו- אַ - אָפּ -טשו!!!

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