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, December 25, 2017

Sam, you made the pants too long for Gimpel. 3-5-1915

He's invited to the wedding, but he has to wear a "ful-dress sut." It's expensive - fifty dollars! - but he considers it an investment, he will be so natty and up-to-date that the modern young people will flock to bring him business. But this suit (which was too small for the millionaire Vanderbilt) accentuates his lack of stature. Nebekh.

March 5, 1915: In all fairness things would now start to go better for him in his business.
  1. Jake: Here's your matchmaker's money and be my guest at the wedding. But remember -- you have to have a full-dress suit.
  2. Storekeeper: I made the full-dress suit for Vanderbilt, but it was too small for him -- fifty dollars, please.
  3. GB: Ay, I'll shine at the wedding! All the girls and boys will do business with me.
  4. GB: Why are you laughing, loafers? You'll soon be proud of your father -- fit to be matchmaker to the aristocrats.
  5. GB: Here I am, just let anybody try saying I'm not a modern matchmaker.

על פּי יושר װאָלט איהם איצט בעדאַרפֿט אָנהױבען געהן בעסער אין דיא ביזנעס.

דזשײק: דאָ האָט איהר אײַער שדכנות און קומט צו מיר אױף דער חתונה. נאָר געדענקט – איהר מוזט האָבען אַ פֿול-דרעסס סוט.
סטאָרקיפּער: איך האָב דעם פֿול-דרעסס סוט געמאַכט פֿאַר װאַנדערבילט׳ן, נאָר אױף איהם איז ער צוקלײן – פֿופֿציג דאָלאַר פּליעז.
גימפּעל בײניש: אי, װעל איך שײַנען אױף דער חתונה! אַלע מײדלעך און אַלע בהורים װעלען זיך צו מיר צוקלעפּען.
גימפּעל בײניש: װאָס לאַכט איהר, לױפֿערס? איהר׳ט באַלד שעפּען תּעניג פֿון אײַער טאַטען – אַ שדכן טאַקע װי בײַ די אַריסטאָקראַטען.
גימפּעל בײניש: אָט דאָס בין איך און זאָל מען איצט זאָגען, אַז איך בין ניט קײן הײַנט-װעלטיגער שדכן.

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