A few years ago a 13 year old boy
won a Yiddish spelling bee by spelling
knaidel, Yiddish for Matzoh ball.
But YIVO, the official source for Yiddish words
in transliteration said the correct spelling
is kneydl and so the spelling bee officials
said YIVO was authoritative and the 13 year old boy
was disqualified even though most of us agreed
about knaidel. Many people Weighed In
with their knaidel kneydl opinions including
One Big Scholar. He said
Who Cares About the Transliteration.
Knaidelach are delicious
and that’s what actually counts.