The riv-haleshonot made local
More Tales from Down Under on the LES.

[Scene: A kosher bakery. Two Jewish men are leaning on the counter and talking to each other in Yiddish in confident, ownerly fashion.]

One of the women behind the counter, to another woman: They can talk to each other in Yiddish, but we're not allowed to speak Spanish!

ZShB [in Spanish]: They don't let you speak Spanish?

[He is ignored.]

*Riv-haleshonot (Hebrew): Language war (literally, "quarrel"). A phrase usually referring to the often-strained relations between Hebraists and Yiddishists in the Diaspora and the Land of Israel.

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