prakes

Alternative Spellings

prakas

Definitions

  • Stuffed cabbage, also known by holiptshes, goluptshes, and golomkes, among other names

Example Sentences

  • "I never heard the Yiddish word holiptshes used for stuffed cabbage until the 1960s, when my family came to New York City to eat at Lou Siegel’s and asked for ‘prakas.’ The waiter had no idea what we were talking about, and it took some time to straighten things out." (http://forward.com/articles/13845/philadelphia-prakas-/)

Languages of Origin

Yiddish

Etymology

פּראַקעס prakes, האָלעפּצעס hóleptses 'stuffed cabbage'

Who Uses This

Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
Ethnic: Jews whose Jewish identity is primarily ethnic
Jews in Philadelphia

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

None

Notes

Common among Philadelphia Jews regardless of geographical origin. Prevalent also among Jews of Romania, Moldova, and Southern Ukraine. See http://forward.com/articles/13845/philadelphia-prakas-/

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