On 12/27/05, Markus Miekk-oja <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
There is no such thing as "Yiddish letters" as distinct from Hebrew letters,
except perhaps really minor typographic differences.

Yes,  I know.  I apologize for the imprecision; what I meant was  Hebrew letters which represent Yiddish (not Hebrew) words. 

On 12/27/05, Steg Belsky <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
From what i've read it seems that the 'practical' meaning of the
letters predates the 'religious' meaning of them, and that they were
copied from similar German d4-based games which used similar words.
It's unclear when exactly Yiddish developed into a recognizably
separate language, but there's a long history of Jews writing their
vernacular in Hebrew letters.  So even in Yiddish as such hadn't yet
developed, there was still a kind of Judeo-German being written on the
dreidls.

Ah, that makes sense.  Thanks!


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