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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Saturday, October 22, 2016

New World Amusements (ice skates) 12-26-1914

Gimpel appears not to even notice they have strapped blades onto their shoes. I wonder where they were skating, on the Lower East Side?

December 26, 1914: What for another is pleasure is trouble for him.
  1. Motke: Father's coming, but he can't skate, so we don't have to worry.
  2. GB: What's this, loafers? I'll buy you shoes and you'll wear them out?
  3. GB: Ha, you're such scamps, too? You run away? I'll ...
  4. GB: ...
  5. GB: I'd like to know why they don't fall down when they run on the ice.

װאָס פֿאַר אַנדערע איז פּלעזשור איז פֿאַר איהם צרות.

מאָטקע: דער פּאַפּאַ געהט, נאָר ער קען ניט סקעיטען, דאַרפֿען מיר, ניט מורא האָבען.
גימפּעל בײניש: װאָס איז דאָס לױפֿערס? איך׳ל אײַך קױפֿען שיך און איהר׳ט זײ אױסרײבען?
גימפּעל בײניש: האַ, איהר זײַט נאָך שקצים אױך? איהר אַנטלױפֿט גאָר? איך װעל אײַך…
גימפּעל בײניש: …
גימפּעל בײניש: איך װאָלט געװען אַ בעלן צו װיסען פֿאַרװאָס פֿאַלען זײ ניט װען זײ לױפֿען אױפֿ׳ן אײַז.

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