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English to Yiddish proverb

 
 
Conan E
 
Reply Thu 19 Nov, 2015 07:12 am
I read the following proverb on several French sites saying that it originally comes from Yiddish.
"Falling is something we can do ourselves, but for getting up we need the hand of a friend" (I translated this from the french: Pour tomber on se débrouille seul, mais pour se relever la main d'un ami est nécessaire)

Can anyone help me find the yiddish version of this?
If the proverb doesn't exist, please let me know qnd qlso tell me how you would translate the above sentence in grammatically correct Yiddish.
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DavidKA
 
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Reply Mon 1 Aug, 2016 01:31 am
@Conan E,
Hi Conan. I'm not recalling this exact saying in yiddish, but i do know that there's a famous and oft-repeated saying from the Talmud: "A prisoner doesn't free himself from the prison" (אין החבוש מתיר את עצמו מבית האסורים), that is, a prisoner/captive, bound with iron chains etc, can not free himself on his own, he needs help from the people on the outside the prison to become free again.

Here's my translation of your saying in yiddish:
פאלן -- פאלט מען אליינס, נאָר אויפהייבן זיך דארפ מען א פרײַנט'ס האנט
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