Why Does My Family Chant Yiddish-Hebrew Toasts at Celebrations? https://mosaicmagazine.com/observation/religion-holidays/2015/10/why-does-my-family-chant-yiddish-hebrew-toasts-at-celebrations/

“Fire is fire, meat is meat.” But what does it all mean?

October 14, 2015 | Philologos
About the author: Philologos, the renowned Jewish-language columnist, appears twice a month in Mosaic. Questions for him may be sent to his email address by clicking here.

A Jewish man shares a bottle of champagne with friends in Whitechapel, then the center of the Jewish community in London, April 1952. Photo by John Chillingworth/Picture Post/Hulton Archive/Getty Images.

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