8.16.2020 – those wisenheimers …

those wisenheimers …
turned their backs upon their
fathers religion

Old words with a different take on the meanings.

Wisenheimer was a word in my home when I was growing.

If we got too smart, my Mom or my Grandma or both would call us a bunch of wisenheimers.

Just hearing the word said out loud made us laugh and maybe even more smart.

It was a term I took to mean just a smart aleck.

I ran across an obituary for the author Philip Roth today and there was this line; “The Jewish community saw Roth as a wisenheimer – a sharp-tongued young man who had turned his back upon the religion of his fathers.”

A sharp-tongued young man who had turned his back upon the religion of his fathers.

Seems like a whole new meaning.

But I sure can find a lot of application for it today.

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