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DRINKING CUSTOM

ITALIANS BEFORE DRINKING ALWAYS TOAST EACH OTHER BY SAYING "SALUD".

Where learned: NEW YORK ; BROOKLYN ; HEALYS BAR

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 08-00-1967

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PRODUCT OR ACTIVITY OF MAN

DON'T WALK OVER SOMEONE OR THEY WON'T GROW

Submitter comment: THIS IS A STUPID BELIEF. WE WOULD HAVE TO WALK BACK OVER THAT PERSOM.
THIS WAY THE PERSON WOULD STILL BE ABLE TO GROW.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; BROOKLYN ; GRANDMOTHERS HOME

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

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PRODUCT OR ACTIVITY OF MAN

DON'T CROSS YOUR EYES OR THEY WILL STAY THAT WAY

Submitter comment: SHE WOULD TELL MY BROTHERS AND I THIS TO DISCOURAGE US FROM DOING IT.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; BROOKLYN ; GRANDMOTHERS HOME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 07-00-1965

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WHEN A MEMBER OF THE JEWISH FAITH IS BURIED, A MEMBER OF THEIR
FAMILY MUST SHOVEL THE FIRST SHOVEL OF DIRT ONTO THE CASKET.
IF THEY ARE MARRIED IT MUST BE THE SPOUSE. IF THEY ARE NOT MARRIED
IT MUST BE A MEMBER OF THE IMMEDIATE FAMILY.

Submitter comment: LEARNED IN BROOKLYN NEW YORK

Where learned: NEW YORK ; BROOKLYN

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

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A JEWISH PERSON MUST BE BURIED WITHIN FORTY-EIGHT HOURS OF DEATH

Submitter comment: LEARNED IN BROOKLYN, NEW YORK

Where learned: NEW YORK ; BROOKLYN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 08-00-1975

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DREIDEL, DREIDEL, DREIDEL
I MADE IT OUT OF CLAY
AND WHEN IT IS DRY AND READY
OH DREIDEL I WILL PLAY

Submitter comment: LEARNED IN BROOKLYN,, NEW YORK
A DREIDEL IS A CLAY TOP USED IN A JEWISH GAME CALLED.
SEE MY ITEM NUMBER FOUR.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; BROOKLYN

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Narrative Verse

Date learned: 00-00-1960

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A JEWISH GAME IS CALLED DREIDEL. A DREIDEL IS A TOP MADE FROM CLAY.
THE DREIDEL HAS FOUR SIDES, EACH WITH A DIFFERENT HEBREW NUMBER.
EACH HEBREW NUMBER HAS A DIFFERENT VALUE. THE OBJECT OF THE GAME IS
TO SPIN THE DREIDEL AND GET THE HIGHEST SCORE

Submitter comment: LEARNED IN BROOKLYN,, NEW YORK
ALSO SEE MY ITEM NUMBER THREE FOR A RELATED VERSE

Where learned: NEW YORK ; BROOKLYN

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement

Date learned: 00-00-1960

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HIDE THE MATZAH

MATZAH IS UNLEAVENED BREAD
THE MATZAH IS PUT IN A LITTLE POUCH AND HID SOMEWHERE IN THE HOUSE.
ALL THE CHILDREN IN THE HOUSE MUST LOOK FOR IT. THE ONE WHO FINDS IT
GETS TO EAT THE MATZAH AND RECEIVES A PRIZE

Submitter comment: LEARNED IN BROOKLYN, NEW YORK

Where learned: NEW YORK ; BROOKLYN

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Hiding Searching
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement

Date learned: 00-00-1960

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IN THE JEWISH CULTURE, THE GREETING SHALOM IS GIVEN.
THIS WORD MEANS HELLO OR GOOD-BY AND PEACE.

Submitter comment: LEARNED IN BROOKLYN, NEW YORK

Where learned: NEW YORK ; BROOKLYN

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 00-00-1962

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THE JEWISH PEOPLE CONSIDER IT VERY GOOD LUCK IF YOU HAVE 17 CENTS
IN YOUR POCKET.

Submitter comment: LEARNED IN BROOKLYN, NEW YORK

Where learned: NEW YORK ; BROOKLYN

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth
BELIEF -- Number P686.1.17
BELIEF -- Good luck Money

Date learned: 00-00-1975

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THE JEWISH LUCKY NUMBER IS 17. THIS IS BECAUSE 17 IS THE JEWISH
SYMBOL FOR LIFE

Submitter comment: LEARNED IN BROOKLYN, NEW YORK

Where learned: NEW YORK ; BROOKLYN

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Number P686.1.17

Date learned: 00-00-1975

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THE REASON THAT HANUKAH IS CALLED THE FEAST OF LIGHTS IS BECAUSE
A LONG TIME AGO WHEN THE JEWS WERE AT WAR, THE PRIESTS WERE
GUARDING THE TEMPLE IN JERUSALEM DURING A SEIGE. THEY ONLY HAD
ENOUGH FUEL TO LIGHT THE LANTERN IN THE TEMPLE ONE DAY. BUT
MIRACULOUSLY THE LANTERN STAYED LIT FOR EIGHT FULL DAYS UNTIL
MORE FUEL COULD BE GOTTEN AND THE CITY WAS SAVED. SO NOW AT
HANUKAH IT IS TRADITION TO LIGHT THE MENORAH FOR 8 FULL
DAYS IN REMEMBRANCE OF THOSE BRAVE JEWS.

Submitter comment: LEARNED IN BROOKLYN, NEW YORK

Where learned: NEW YORK ; BROOKLYN

James Callow Keyword(s): HANUKKAH

Subject headings: 686 Eighths / Eight
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Winter
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Autumn Fall Harvest Thanksgiving

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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