Majafes (LKT)

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“In his report on the An-ski expedition of 1912, he [Joel Engel] tells of how a non-Jew (a Russian or Moldavian) was the head of the kelzmer band in Ruzhina. This musician even composed his own pieces for the band. ‘He tried to get me to buy a sparkling ‘majafes’ which he wrote himself,’ writes Engel.” Beregovski 1935 [= Beregovski/Slobin 1982, p. 526, n. 19]