I've Always Wondered
What Is the Origin of the Word “Pushke”? Originally Published July 9-10, 2021.

The word pushke is Yiddish, פּושקע, and of course there is controversy about its origin. The Polish word for “tin can” is puszka.  And a Slavic word for “box” is similar. However, the Aramaic word pushka, spelled either פושקא or פושכא, means “palm” or “handsbreadth.”  How does one seek alms?  With an outstretched palm.  And […]

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