August 24, 2011 5:01 pm at 5:01 pm #598879
I’m racking my brains and just cant think of it! Can someone please help?August 24, 2011 5:17 pm at 5:17 pm #801790
I don’t remember, but Rabbi Reisman had a shiur a few years back called “Fargin, Farkook, Fargess” where he tried to define them in english.August 24, 2011 5:22 pm at 5:22 pm #801791
overlook.August 24, 2011 5:29 pm at 5:29 pm #801792
Antonym: Begrudge.August 24, 2011 5:39 pm at 5:39 pm #801793
It doesn’t exist in English. Only Yidden do it!August 24, 2011 5:58 pm at 5:58 pm #801794
As ‘msseeker’ hinted…
The English would be to ‘NOT begrudge’.August 24, 2011 6:57 pm at 6:57 pm #801795
Zeeskite: Seriously? Only Yidden fargin?
Anyway according to that logic there should be a Hebrew word for it rather than Yiddish which is derived from German (not exactly known for being farginners)August 24, 2011 7:52 pm at 7:52 pm #801796
There is no such word in German. Yidden made the word.August 24, 2011 8:09 pm at 8:09 pm #801797
OTB: Hebrew is not a Jewishly spoken language since the current galus began. It’s reintroduction by the anti-religious Ben-Yehuda notwithstanding.August 24, 2011 8:59 pm at 8:59 pm #801798
Haleivi: Yiddish is mostly derived from German. It makes sense therefore that ‘fargin’ does too in some way. Are you an expert in Old German to be able to refute this?
Shlishi: So what – the point still is that no such word exists in Hebrew/ Loshon Hakodesh.August 24, 2011 9:05 pm at 9:05 pm #801799
To on the ball: lashon hakodesh does have the concept of ayin tova.August 24, 2011 9:23 pm at 9:23 pm #801800
It certainly has a Germanic equivalent, though i do not care to opine on whether thisis in fact its root. The word in German is vergonnen (with an umlaute on the o) which is a compound of the root word gonnen.August 24, 2011 9:31 pm at 9:31 pm #801801
Tzippi: I’m not sure what your point is. We are discussing whether the verb ‘fargin’ is unique to Yiddish and if so, if that’s because only Yidden fargin.
I personally think neither is true.
Ayin Tovah is something which is likely considered praiseworthy by non-Jews too.August 24, 2011 9:46 pm at 9:46 pm #801802
Fact; there isn’t a word for “fargin” in English or in Hebrew. It was disscused here in the past.August 24, 2011 9:57 pm at 9:57 pm #801803
looking up the opposite of begrudge, envious – there was no word foundAugust 24, 2011 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm #801804
from Ohr Samayach –
What does it mean when an Israeli says lefargen?
Perhaps the lesson of Korach will alert our people to the importance of fargining others and bring peace and harmony to Israel forever.August 24, 2011 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm #801805
There’s no comparison between an Am Kodesh and a pruste goy.August 24, 2011 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm #801806
Well, modern Hebrew took the word “LeFargain” (?????) from the Yiddish…
Fargeenen goes much farther than merely not to begrudge what your fellow man has. In addition to the Ayin Tov, there is a connotation of Lev Tov in “fargeenin yennem”.August 25, 2011 2:17 am at 2:17 am #801807
I disagree. Farginen is the exact teitch of having an ??? ????. There should be an English word “Goodeyed”, like “Goodhearted”.August 25, 2011 2:51 am at 2:51 am #801808
Squeak, thank you. I didn’t find anything during my search.
Moshe, it seems that people use it more as a passive I-don’t-mind-that-he-has…, then an active I’m-so-happy-for-him.August 25, 2011 2:55 am at 2:55 am #801809
Msseeker, the word you are looking for is probably, good-willed. The concept can be described in Lashon Kodesh and in English, too. However, there is no verb in either language for it. You say, I can Fargin him. Can you say you Eyin Tov him?August 25, 2011 3:24 am at 3:24 am #801810
i’m not sure, but it’s the opposite of ‘closegin’.
I don’t believe there is one word in the english language that describes it. That’s the beauty of yiddish.
Accept no imitation. Takeh!August 25, 2011 4:15 am at 4:15 am #801811
You’re right, it’s not 100% exact teitch. We should be able to say, “I can look at his fortune with an ayin tovah.”August 25, 2011 5:04 am at 5:04 am #801812
The winner is to “not begrudge”!August 25, 2011 1:44 pm at 1:44 pm #801813
HaLeivi, you are welcome. Languages are not easy to “search”, and web translators are not often helpful. Most of the time you need to find someone who studied the language or who is a native speaker.August 25, 2011 2:52 pm at 2:52 pm #801814
squeak, I find web translators often to be quite helpful.August 25, 2011 3:12 pm at 3:12 pm #801815
See! I indicated there’s not such word for it. All they can come up with is negative ones (not begrudge..). There is no ‘musag’ of it by the umos haolam. (it may be praiseworthy, only Yidden do it)August 25, 2011 3:41 pm at 3:41 pm #801816
Zeeskite: By your logic there is no musag of it in essence at all as there is no such verb in Lashon Hakodesh which is the essence of all that exists.
By your logic too the musag of NOT farginnen – jealousy – only exists by Yidden ch’v. That is obviously untrue.
How do you know only Yidden do it anyway? Goyim may not have a specific verb for it but they can still express it e.g. ‘Hey Chris, I’m so happy for you that your business got off to the right start.’
If we want to be smug about our superiority over the Umos HaOlam let’s at least stick to those things that Chazal tell us we excel at e.g. Rachmonim, Bayshonim, Gomlei Chasodim instead of making up things based on a verb in Yiddish corrupted from German circa 1000 years ago.August 25, 2011 4:06 pm at 4:06 pm #801817
I heard from a prominent Rosh Yeshiva in a shmuess, that there is no english word for fargin.August 25, 2011 4:16 pm at 4:16 pm #801818
While we have a word “farginin”, which is to delight in someone’s good fortune; it is actually very rare that someone truly fargins another person, no matter what he expresses verbally to the contrary. And instead of the ayin tova which was mentioned in an earlier post, it is an ayin hara that is actually created.
This observation is from a gadol.August 25, 2011 4:20 pm at 4:20 pm #801819
Which gadol?August 25, 2011 4:22 pm at 4:22 pm #801820
on the ball
Our ‘Fargin’ing is a combination of all three middos Chazal said about us! (do you fargin us?)
btw, I humbly beg to differ with you. I think there are a lot more positive character straits that are unique to us. I think there’s a Gemarah somewhere that says about umos haolam ???? ??? ??? or ????? ?????? and the like. About Yidden I think it says ????? ?????? ?? and many more. So there’s more than just those three. – just my humblest opinion.August 25, 2011 4:53 pm at 4:53 pm #801821
Zeeskite: Of course that’s why I wrote ‘e.g.’August 25, 2011 5:14 pm at 5:14 pm #801822
I don’t remember his name right now, but he quoted the g’mara in babba m’tzia that that 99 out of 100 people die before their time due to Ayin Hara. Chazal have said that Ayin Hara causes destruction from Above even without bad intention from the parties involved.August 25, 2011 5:16 pm at 5:16 pm #801823
fargin means allow.August 25, 2011 5:30 pm at 5:30 pm #801824
Like I said above, ‘overlook’ is the best and most proper definition for the word ‘fargin.’
For example: “I am willing to overlook the fact that you smashed my car with a tire iron.”August 25, 2011 6:07 pm at 6:07 pm #801825
I agree with nitpicker that the closest to a positive verb would be allow. Not perfect but I could allow you the credit.August 25, 2011 6:20 pm at 6:20 pm #801826
OnTheBall, I think ZeesKite is right, based on observation. You might several Yotzei Min Haklal, but we are one family and there is no comparison out there. There are jealosies among us, unfortunately. But there is also a unique feeling of oneness, that we witnessed recently, and that shines through very often. When a Yid wins a Nobel prize or a lottery, we all rejoice, much more than people of the same nationality. We are actually happy for him. This is a trait mentioned in Sefarim.
The Ben Ish Chai writes a story about a king who punished two advisers, a Jewish one and a non Jewish one, by taking away a little boy from each, both being the same age. After a couple of years the king allowed them to take home their child. The king knew which is which, but he told them to pick their child. The Yid brought two trays of grapes. One had a cluster and the other had loose grapes. He brought it to the children and each took from a different tray. Instantly, he pointed to the one who took from the cluster and proclaimed him to be his son. The king said, “you are right, but how did you know?” He answered that Yidden are one people, we are all part of one. Therefore, my son associated with the cluster. Others are each on their own, and therefore gravitated toward the situation he identified with.
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