The Chewish People

Rare Hebrew Gum


It´s a well known fact that the Israelis are the second most gum-chewing people in the world. The first time I was in Israel, I noticed this immediately. Everybody was chewing gum. Even some of de merst frummers vun de frum were chewing gum during their prayers at the Kotel (the Western Wall).

Probably many Israelis grew up with this gum (produced by Tamar in Tel Aviv) and trading the country cards in the packets. Some of them might possibly remember card #17 for Iceland (Island) from the late 1950s and how to say Shalom, Chever, Leitraot and Todah (Hi, Friend, Goodbye and Thanks)in Icelandic. The transcription of the Icelandic sound is as follows for those who know Icelandic, but remember to add a heavy and sexy Ivrit accent for the correct "erlie" 60s feeling:

Komit thér sćlir (Komiđ Ţér sćlir)

Vínúr (Vinur)

Verit thér sćlir (Veriđ Ţér sćlir)

Taq fýrír (takk fyrir)

Just as important: Remember to roll on the R in the back your mouth to make it very different to the frontal spitting Viking-R in Icelandic. And that´s what you get when you bring two very beautiful languages together.

Not to forget, chewing gum in Icelandic is called tyggjó or tyggigúmmí and in Jiddish it is keyen gam. Chew on that one.

Happy Hanukkah to all my friends.

Fornleifur, the proud owner of card #17

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