Cilibi Moise — Sayings & Proverbs

Editor’s Note:

My great-grandfather, Leon Kupperman (1883–1942), the author of this article, was a remarkable man: fluent in six languages (Romanian, Yiddish, French, German, Hebrew, and English), he studied sculpture with Auguste Rodin, wrote original works in Yiddish, translated literature from Romanian into English, and from German into Yiddish (including a 2-volume translation of Goethe’s Faust), was for many years the theater critic of the New York Yiddish-language newspaper, Der Tog, and taught sculpture to young people under the WPA program in the 1930s. His