Can Someone Help with a Russian or Yiddish Rhyme with the Word “Meesala” or “Misala” In It?

Sharon wrote:


I am hoping that someone out there remembers an old game that mothers, grandmothers, aunts and friends used to play with little ones. I think the rhyme is either Russian or Yiddish.

The baby’s hand is held palm up and the mother points her finger into the middle of the child’s hand and says, Meesala, Misala, or something like that, while making circles in the child’s palm. As the poem is repeated, the fingers march up the child’s arm and then tickle the back of the neck.

I remember the action and the feeling, but not the poem.

Help! I want to play this with my grandchildren, and my Grandmother played this with me almost 70 years ago.

Any help would be appreciated.



If anyone knows about this rhyme, please comment below or email me.


-Mama Lisa

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101 Responses to “Can Someone Help with a Russian or Yiddish Rhyme with the Word “Meesala” or “Misala” In It?”

  1. Jeffrey Says:

    Is it possible that its ketzelah, a kitten, and a mouse meyselah?

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