It's dangerous to go near Odessa. SOURCE: Bernstein, Jüdische Sprichwörter und Redensarten. In the 19th century, Odessa had a reputation as a decadent city with a freewheeling lifestyle and lax religious observance. In the eyes of pious Jews, Odessa residents were irreligious people and whoever went near them would go to hell. But in the year 2022, the war in Ukraine suggests a different meaning. Variation:
Zibn mayl arum Odes brent der gehenem. | .זיבן מײַל אַרום אָדעס ברענט דער גיהנום
The fires of hell burn seven miles around Odessa.