Friday May 29, 2015

This Week's Photo Prompt
This Week’s Photo Prompt

The Litvak and Galitsyaner (Ashkenazi Jewish Descendants)

One of the differences between the Litvak and the Galitsyaner was Yiddish pronunciation.  The word for ‘Meat’ was Litvak “Fleish”, and Galitsyaner “Flaaysh”.

Mom told of Litvak and Galitsyaner wolves. The Litvak asked the Galitsyaner: “What’s in your mouth?” – The Galitsyaner responded “Flaaysh” – open-mouthed, the meat fell out – the Litvak snatched it.  The Galitsyaner asked the Litvak: “What’s in your mouth?” – He replied: “Fleish” – jaws firmly closed, retaining the meat.

In this photo, the Plesiosaur – a Litvak – still grips with his jaw tight, long after his own ‘Fleish’ has fallen away.

[99 words – BobiJo Johannes]

Friday Fictioneers – A weekly fun challenge and writers’ interaction based on a photo-prompt every week.

Thanks to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting this weekly event.  To learn more see Rochelle’s main blog page at and visit her awesome site at RochelleWisoff-Fields/Author-Illustrator

11 thoughts on “Friday May 29, 2015

  1. Dear Bobi Jo,

    Welcome to Friday Fictioneers. You’ve done some great work in one day. 😉 I love the Yiddish references.

    I hope you’ll take the time to read and comment on some of the other stories in the group. It’s not mandatory to comment on each and every one. This group is all about interaction and learning, offering and receiving constructive criticism.




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    1. Dear Rochelle,

      Thank you for the Friday Fictioneers, and for all your encouragement. I have read many of this week’s stories, and will send some comments.

      Best regards,


      1. ok – I looked it up – That’s probably what this photo prompt really is!
        “In Jewish folklore, a golem is an animated anthropomorphic being, magically created entirely from inanimate matter. The word was used to mean an amorphous, unformed material (usually out of stone and clay) in Psalms and medieval writing. Adam, the first man created by God in the Holy Bible, was a golem since he was created from dust and sand. Having a golem servant was seen as the ultimate symbol of wisdom and holiness, with stories of prominent Rabbis owning golems throughout the middle ages. In modern times, the word golem, sometimes pronounced goilem in Yiddish, has come to mean one who is slow, clumsy, and generally dimwitted. ”
        Thanks, again!


    1. Thank you for reading & liking it. I am lucky to still remember some of these folk tales! I thought I could not deal with this photo prompt, then I heard the creature say “Fleish”, and I remembered…


  2. That’s a lovely story. Close neighbours or related people always seem to tease each other. Maybe that Litvak statue died of hunger because he forgot to chew and swallow, with all the gripping. 🙂


    1. Yes – that may be why the Litvak died. My Mom was a Litvak, and my dad was a Galitz – so that’s why my Mom loved to tell us the story! My dad was a good sport about it. Thank you so much for reading and commenting!

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