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Heimish: What Does it Mean to You?

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  • Started 3 years ago by 1dayatatime
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  1. 1dayatatime
    If not now then when?

    I once dated a "Heimishe" girl who described heimish to me as "the best of both worlds"

    I thinks she meant, the best of the Litvaks/Yeshivish and the best of the Chasiddim

    I wanted to ask her, "so you mean a Heimishe person learns like the yeshivishe and davens, and follows Rebbes, like the Chasiddim.
    I think she meant someone in the middle, "chilled out"

    I'm not really sure what that means, but, to me Heimish has no clear meaning, usually we describe it as someone who's in the middle

    e.g.: My Uncle describes himself as Heimish; clean shaven, perfect heimishe yiddish, down hat, goes to some Rebbes, eats heimish, has a somewhat Chasiddish Rov, in other words, leans toward Chasiddish without the garb.

    Yet he can't stand Litvaks or Lutvaks as he calls them, and doesn't much like like hardcore Chasiddim.

    So, what is Heimish

    Note: people would describe me as Heimish, yet since Heimish has no Spiritual basis I reject that

    Posted 3 years ago #
  2. observanteen
    trying to shteig in midos

    To me: Yeshivish or Chassidish.
    To a Hungarian: a Hungarian. (Even a Hungarian goy, I suspect;)

    Posted 3 years ago #
  3. deiyezooger
    Say my name 6 times fast. cmon. TRY IT

    heimish to me is what you cook in your own kitchen.lol!

    Posted 3 years ago #
  4. 1dayatatime
    If not now then when?

    Truth, on the Hungarian bit

    Posted 3 years ago #
  5. Derech HaMelech
    Informative Contributor to the CR

    I always use it to mean like family/friendly. As in, "we're all heimish here you don't need to type so professionally".

    Posted 3 years ago #
  6. truth be told
    AKA tbt

    "To a Hungarian: a Hungarian. (Even a Hungarian goy, I suspect;)"

    Sounds right.

    "Yet he can't stand Litvaks or Lutvaks as he calls them, and doesn't much like like hardcore Chasiddim."

    This is how a lot of people describe heimish. Either look at it as the "best of both", or the "worst of both". This attitude can lead to people doing whatever they please...

    But it means something else to each person. Its not definitive.

    Posted 3 years ago #
  7. Boro Park Girl
    You'll find me on 13th Avenue!

    people in Bp most who are considered heimish are usually people who in their families the men wear bekeshas but dont wear streimels on shabbos. Usually have some chassidishe leanings but not fully affiliated.

    Posted 3 years ago #
  8. EloQuint5
    Member

    My venture to guess is that it most aptly describes people who are living in the yeshivishe world but are heavily influenced by an eastern european background that was not litvish, someone with great respect for the chassidishe velt and would revere a chassidic rebbe or yeshivishe gadol equally. A family that could describe themselves as heimish would be one where the zeide or even tatte reminisces "in der heim flegt men..."

    Posted 3 years ago #
  9. smartcookie
    Member

    In every community the people part of that community- are Heimish to each others.

    A Chassid considers all Chassidim Heimish. A Litvak considers every Litvak Heimish...etc.

    Posted 3 years ago #
  10. mytake
    Member

    I hate labels

    Posted 3 years ago #
  11. apushatayid
    Member

    Its really, Beheimish.

    Posted 3 years ago #
  12. yossi z.
    :D yossi :D

    Thata boy/girl mytake (by the way are you new to here?). I was actually about to say that a person is not litvish or chassideshe, rather they follow a specific derech. To me, someone who is heimish is a person who feels comfortable with all (and I tend to also mix in the meaning that they are "with it") but likely follows one (or a slight combination of) derech/derachim

    for example I consider myself "heimish" yet I am a chossid of boston chassidus (in particular the rebbe that took over in boston) and follow their derech

    Posted 3 years ago #
  13. 1dayatatime
    If not now then when?

    Truth, Mytake

    Good points, thats exactly why i asked this question. I hate lables

    "This attitude can lead to people doing whatever they please..."

    Exactly

    I wish we could do away with it

    To me it sounds like an Elitist Movement " we don't conform to anyone we do what we want"

    Can I just be a Ben Torah? Not an "orthodox Jew" as Rav Gifter z"tl says originated from the Greeks, or Heimish or whatever

    Just plain and simple a Ben Torah

    Posted 3 years ago #
  14. always here
    and always on schedule

    my husband says: hameish-beheimish .. (his parents were Hungarish/ Czech/ Romanish)

    Posted 3 years ago #
  15. yossi z.
    :D yossi :D

    Yes one could and should be a ben torah.

    I believe this whole "label" thing came about due to the fact that a person can't be without a rov/rebbi/rebbe/mentor so people started describing themselves by who the followed.

    Posted 3 years ago #
  16. 1dayatatime
    If not now then when?

    It was kind of rhetorical

    Thanks anyhow:)

    Posted 3 years ago #
  17. eclipse
    The Human

    gefilte fish.
    In Toronto, there is no "heimish" label for people.
    And ironically,"The Heimish Bakery" was 100% treife and open on Shabbos.We had to tell all the meshulachim who came to town...

    Posted 3 years ago #
  18. Derech HaMelech
    Informative Contributor to the CR

    So no one uses Heimish like I do??

    Posted 3 years ago #
  19. yankdownunder
    Member

    Doesn't heimish mean old fashioned, and warm and friendly.

    Posted 3 years ago #
  20. yossi z.
    :D yossi :D

    Yes that is the proper translation of the word

    Posted 3 years ago #
  21. always here
    and always on schedule

    yes, Derech-- that's how I use it, too.

    Posted 3 years ago #
  22. LAer
    Member

    100kilobear? Is that you?

    Posted 3 years ago #
  23. always here
    and always on schedule

    LAer~ are you speaking to me?

    Posted 3 years ago #
  24. LAer
    Member

    No, sorry always here, there was another comment & it disappeared now.

    Posted 3 years ago #
  25. bpt
    never caustic

    True story:

    Someone called my wife for info about a girl, (Just so happens, I knew the caller and the young lady in question as well.)

    Basic info, all the relevant details, then she askes, "is she a Heimisher girl?" To which my wife says, "what do you mean by Heimish?"

    Caller says, (I kid you not):
    "Is she the type to only serve chicken soup on Friday night, or would she serve vegetable soup as well"

    And we wonder why we have a shidduch crisis.

    Posted 3 years ago #
  26. doodle jump
    Member

    People who are not into shtick.

    Posted 3 years ago #
  27. 1dayatatime
    If not now then when?

    "People who are not into shtick"

    You're not serious!?

    Posted 3 years ago #
  28. oomis
    Best Bubby EVER

    bpt, the soup question is the LEAST of the naarishkeiten!

    Posted 3 years ago #
  29. doodle jump
    Member

    1day: What do you mean?

    Posted 3 years ago #
  30. Sender Av
    I didn't lose my mind, I sold it on ebay ;)

    chopped liver
    baked goods without food coloring...the real stuff.

    Posted 3 years ago #
  31. 1dayatatime
    If not now then when?

    Doodle

    Forget it, never mind

    Posted 3 years ago #
  32. snowbunny3318
    Slowly approaching bais yaakov style

    I used the term on motzei shabbos when I was talking to my best friend about the environment I live in now/ will live in next year. "I don't anticipate living in a heimishe environment next year because the rare bais yaakov girl who does what I plan on doing typically lives at home while doing it. Also my seminary isn't so heimishe either, I have to go out every motzei shabbos in order to get pizza with the right hechsher."

    Posted 1 year ago #
  33. WIY
    Managed to post for 3 years without getting a subtitle

    Heimish has multiple meanings depending on the context.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  34. apushatayid
    Member

    "Heimish-What does it mean to you"

    Nothing more than, you enjoy a good kokosh cake.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  35. ThePurpleOne
    OMG!!! i got like a delciously purpleberrylicious subttl. this is lik totaly x normal

    heimish could either mean "friendly and chilled" or it could mean like half chassidish in my eyes!!

    Posted 1 year ago #
  36. ThePurpleOne
    OMG!!! i got like a delciously purpleberrylicious subttl. this is lik totaly x normal

    for ex- speak yiddish at home and verry yeshivish and wear gartel but then dont wear streimel and curly peyos..

    Posted 1 year ago #
  37. Veltz Meshugener
    K'shmo kain hu

    Heimish means buying cholent in the gas station on Thursday night.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  38. MHY
    Member

    Do you mean hay-mish or high-mish? See what pronunciation is being used, and where the people are from, and then you can try to teitch it up.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  39. ThePurpleOne
    OMG!!! i got like a delciously purpleberrylicious subttl. this is lik totaly x normal

    MHY thats exactly the point.. theres 2 dif proununciations 4 2 dif meanings.. haymish is the semi chassidishe kind and highmish is like frendly..everyone agree??

    Posted 1 year ago #
  40. WIY
    Managed to post for 3 years without getting a subtitle

    MHY
    I use both pronunciations. The way I pronounce is depending on how I am using the word. If I am talking about food I would usually say a heimish (haymish) bakery or the food tastes heimish...But if I am talking about a person its almost always heimish (high-mish). Although sometimes I would say don't make yourself heimish overhere...in the haymish accent. Not sure if this is something others do or not but I do this lol.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  41. RushLimbaugh
    Joseph

    It means a frum yid of strong European customs and extraction.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  42. ItcheSrulik
    Formerly college sheigetz. Now ger.

    Food from the old country like lahmajin and kibbeh.

    Posted 1 year ago #

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