Friday, August 30, 2013

L'shanah Tovah

Happy New Year, L'Shanah Tovah to all my Jewish friends.

This recent addition to my collection is one of the less commonly found Jewish New Year cards from the Williamsburg Press, around 1910-1920.  The newspaper salesman is standing before his display of papers, with headlines for the holidays.  The upper left hand corner says "L'Shanah Tovah," which means "Happy New Year."  The one to it's right says "Gut Yom Tov," which is a Yiddish phrase meaning the same thing.  My favorite is the lower left hand corner, which says "Tikeeyah Gadola,"  which is the phrase that is recited in the Synagogue, when the Shofar (Ram's Horn) is blown at the end of services, indicating the musical (?) blast should be long and loud.  More about shofars: and their primitive sound.

I do need help translating the text in the upper right hand corner.  Anyone out there speak Yiddish?


Beth Niquette said...

What a wonderful postcard! I've heard various sounds from the shofar can convey different meanings--almost like a language.

Thank you so much for all your research and for posting this great postcard.

Happy PFF!

Maria said...

I'm visiting from Postcard Friendship Friday of Beth. It's nice to see this card with many different translations for the same phrase :)