The History of Yiddish

Yiddish is the historical language of the Ashkenazi Jews.

Yiddish is the historic language of Ashkenazic (Central and East European) Jewry, and is the third principal literary language in Jewish history, after classical Hebrew and (Jewish) Aramaic.

The language is characterized by a synthesis of Germanic (the majority component, derived from medieval German city dialects, themselves recombined) with Hebrew and Aramaic.

Yiddish Agora

יואל מאַטוועיעוו
August 19, 2019
דעם ניו־יאָרקער „אַרבעטער־רינג‟ איז שווער זיך פֿאָרצושטעלן אָן ...
JewishWebSight
July 16, 2019
English-Yiddish Bilingual Edition “Am I small?” – Tamia is not sure and keeps asking various animals t...
Daniel Ajzen
July 8, 2019
If a language is the key to knowledge and to communicate and understand a culture, idioms are the key to their heart. In...

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The 19th-century author Jacob Dinezon is credited with writing the first bestselling novel in Yiddish. His heartrending works vividly portrayed the difficult issues confronting Jewish communities in the Russian Empire: arranged marriages, rigid gender roles, corporal punishment
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