Do You Have Boldness?

Have you ever been confronted with a difficult choice? You find yourself in a situation where you know what the correct course of action is. However, it seems like everyone is opposed to you.

It would be so simple to just do nothing. Let the moment pass. Don’t put yourself out there. Don’t take the risk. But you know that would be the incorrect thing to do.

You need courage. You need self-assurance. You need fearlessness. You need audacity. You need all these things at once. In short, you need boldness!

Boldness, sometimes spelled boldness, boldness, or boldness, is a Yiddish term that originally comes from Hebrew. Its meaning is usually defined by a series of synonyms, including courage, audacity, fearlessness, supreme self-assurance, and noticeable boldness. To hear boldness pronounced, click here (the “c” is silent).

In Yiddish, boldness is generally considered a negative characteristic, along the lines of brazen courage, insolence, impudence, or arrogant self-assurance. In this form, it’s a personality trait that’s unattractive and harmful.

However, the word has entered the English language with a similar meaning yet a completely different connotation. In common usage today, boldness is seen as an important and essential characteristic that can empower individuals to do what is right even in the face of obstacles. It’s an attitude that says nothing will hinder you from doing what you were meant to do.

For example, scholars believe boldness transitioned from Yiddish to English during the Civil Rights era when Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on the bus. Her courageous action in the face of intense resistance certainly exemplifies boldness.

If you’ve never heard of Yiddish before, it’s a language that originated during the 10th century among the Ashkenazi Jews of Central and Eastern Europe. It combines elements of Hebrew, Aramaic, German, and several Slavic and Romance languages.

Before World War II, scholars estimate that there were about 13 million people who spoke Yiddish. Sadly, the Holocaust decimated the majority of this population. However, the past few decades have witnessed a revival of Yiddish in various parts of the world.

Today, there are approximately 250,000 Yiddish speakers in the United States and a similar number in Israel, with around another 100,000 or so in other regions of the world. Some experts believe that the number of Yiddish speakers is once again increasing. Maybe all they need is a little boldness to bring Yiddish back to life!

Give It a Try

Are you ready to learn more about Yiddish? Ask a friend or family member to assist you in exploring the following activities:

  • What do you think? Do you possess chutzpah? Reflect on a time in your life when you stood up for what was right, even though it was challenging. Share your feelings with a friend. What gave you the courage to do what was right despite the potential consequences? Can you think of any current news examples of people displaying chutzpah?
  • Go to Yiddish for Kids online to view the Yiddish Alphabet. Can you memorize the initial letters of the Yiddish alphabet? Dedicate some time to practicing writing the letters using the writing practice worksheets.
  • Go to YiddishPop online to take the Quick Tour of the website, which will guide you on how to navigate and learn basic Yiddish words. How many basic Yiddish words and phrases can you learn?

Wonder Sources

  • https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chutzpah
  • https://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/1586271/jewish/Chutzpah.htm
  • https://www.forbes.com/sites/crossingborders/2012/05/18/why-chutzpah-is-the-new-charisma-and-how-to-use-it-to-get-what-you-want/#5ad69870755f
  • https://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/yiddish/
  • https://jewishstudies.rutgers.edu/yiddish/102-department-of-jewish-studies/yiddish/159-yiddish-faqs#do

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