Snoop Dogg and Kashrut

Maybe it’s the fact that all the Israelis I knew growing up were seriously cute girls (Orali in fourth grade, I’m looking at you), but Hebrew versions of words always sounded so…cute.¬† I’m not talking about the guttural ch that pops up everywhere. But the rest of it — the doubling-up of words (kacha-kacha), the addition of -y to every name, whether it makes sense or not (for years, I was “Matty” to every Israeli I knew), the fact that Israelis always sound so condescending when they deign to speak English to us non-Israelis — just strikes me as really sweet and 10-year-old-like.

You know who else uses made-up words and suffixes a lot? Snoop Dogg.



Keeping all this in mind,there’s a new kosher restaurant in Brooklyn. I don’t know what the name is supposed to mean (it’s a dairy restaurant, and, like every other kosher restaurant in New York, they also serve sushi), but it’s called Shabazzile.





What do you think — is Shabazzile an Israeli way of saying “yummy”? Or the Hebrew vernacular equivalent of “Yo, party’s on Coney Island Avenue”? I couldn’t tell you for sure. Clearly, though, it’s an example of Israeli cute-ification in action.

And clearly the sort of place that Snoop Dogg would eat at. If, you know, he was Shomer Shabizzle.

(Thanks to the awesome kosher blog Thanks A Glatt for the tip.)

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