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What does "Oy Vey!" mean?


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Rabbi Shlomo Chein: Welcome. I'll be with you in a moment...what's on your mind?

Brenda: can you tell me what oy vey! means please

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: it's Yiddish, and it is an expression of woe, or a sigh type of thing (it's also sometimes spelled as "oy vay")

Brenda: Ok, thanks speak next time:-)

Brenda: bye

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what does Oy Vey mean?

Posted by: Anonymous, New Zealand on Jan 23, 2006

Interesting I have often wondered how you kept things confidential. This is a chat I had with Rabbi Chein, my name is nothing like Brenda, maybe I should use that as an alias now 8-)

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Language closely related to German commonly spoken by European Jews.