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

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July 16, 2019
English-Yiddish Bilingual Edition “Am I small?” – Tamia is not sure and keeps asking various animals t...
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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...
Di Kats Der Payats
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July 8, 2019
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July 8, 2019
Es gist nokh a regn. S iz kalt un z iz nas. Gezesn in shtub. Gekukt af der gas…. Thus begins the classic children ...

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Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events
Apr
2
Tue
10:00 am 2019 Yiddish Pedagogy Program
2019 Yiddish Pedagogy Program
Apr 2 @ 10:00 am – Jul 21 @ 11:00 am
2019 Yiddish Pedagogy Program
The Yiddish Book Center is pleased to announce that applications for the 2019 Yiddish Pedagogy Program are now open. The program is designed to train Yiddish teachers in communicative language pedagogy, provide them with resources
Apr
12
Fri
10:00 pm 2019 Yiddish Pedagogy Program @ Yiddish Book Center
2019 Yiddish Pedagogy Program @ Yiddish Book Center
Apr 12 @ 10:00 pm – Jul 20 @ 11:00 pm
2019 Yiddish Pedagogy Program @ Yiddish Book Center | Amherst | Massachusetts | United States
The Yiddish Book Center is pleased to announce that applications for the 2019 Yiddish Pedagogy Program are now open. The program is designed to train Yiddish teachers in communicative language pedagogy, provide them with resources
Jul
1
Mon
3:09 pm About the Great Jewish Books Sum...
About the Great Jewish Books Sum...
Jul 1 @ 3:09 pm – Aug 2 @ 4:09 pm
About the Great Jewish Books Summer Program
Session 1: July 21–26, 2019 Session 2: July 28–August 2, 2019 Apply now At the Yiddish Book Center’s Great Jewish Books Summer Program, rising high school juniors and seniors read selections from important works of
Jul
12
Fri
all-day Yiddish Summer Weimar 2019. The ...
Yiddish Summer Weimar 2019. The ...
Jul 12 – Aug 17 all-day
Yiddish Summer Weimar 2019. The Weimar Republic of Yiddishland
Registration for Yiddish Summer Weimar workshops is open and advance ticket sales have begun! In 2019 we recognize the 100th anniversary of the beginnings of the Weimar Republic. To celebrate the almost unimaginable outpouring of
Jul
18
Thu
4:00 pm Yiddish New York @ YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
Yiddish New York @ YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
Jul 18 @ 4:00 pm – 5:15 pm
Yiddish New York @ YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
Daniel Soyer | Delivered in Yiddish. Between the 1870s and the 1920s, perhaps a million and a half East European Jewish immigrants settled in New York City. Together with their children, they eventually made up nearly a
Jul
20
Sat
11:00 am Bela Breziner – Art Event This S...
Bela Breziner – Art Event This S...
Jul 20 @ 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Bela Breziner - Art Event This Saturday, July 20
This coming Saturday, July 20, is the “Summer of Love & Art” event at the Spanish Village Art Center in Balboa Park. I’m going to be there showing my batiks outside (special for this day)
Jul
22
Mon
4:00 pm Yiddish Theater in America – An ... @ YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
Yiddish Theater in America – An ... @ YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
Jul 22 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Yiddish Theater in America – An Overview @ YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
Edna Nahshon | Delivered in English. The American Yiddish theater world was dynamic and bursting with talent. Supported by a constantly growing Yiddish-speaking immigrant population—some 3 million Jews settled in America between 1881 and 1925—it produced great
Jul
25
Thu
4:00 pm What Yiddish is That? @ YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
What Yiddish is That? @ YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
Jul 25 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
What Yiddish is That? @ YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
Dovid Braun | Delivered in Yiddish. Varieties of Yiddish are distinguished – some in professional but some only in informal usage. We will identify what the following terms refer to and bust some myths where the terminology
Jul
29
Mon
4:00 pm The Keeper of the Flame: Rachel ... @ YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
The Keeper of the Flame: Rachel ... @ YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
Jul 29 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
The Keeper of the Flame: Rachel Auerbach and Holocaust Witnessing @ YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
Samuel Kassow | Delivered in English. As only one of three survivors of Emanuel Ringelblum’s Oyneg Shabes archive in the Warsaw Ghetto, Rachel Auerbach dedicated the rest of her life to preserving Ringelblum’s memory and defending the
Jul
31
Wed
7:00 pm Breach of Promise @ YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
Breach of Promise @ YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
Jul 31 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Breach of Promise @ YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
On July 31st, YIVO will present another of its Treasures from the Archives: a rehearsed reading of Leon Kobrin’s 1912 play Breach of Promise—a tragicomic slice of tenement life in New York City. Kobrin’s play