College Yiddish: An Introduction to the Yiddish Language and to Jewish Life and Culture
by Uriel Weinreich
- possibly the best Yiddish language textbook currently avilable.
In addition to covering grammar and vocabulary, this book also includes
information about the history of the language, Jewish culture in Europe,
anti-Semitism, folklore, Zionism, creation of Israel, etc, all presented
in a very interesting way. Ideal for serious students of Yiddish.
- an entertaining, well-written and user-friendly introduction to the
Yiddish language. Includes a brief history of the language, useful tips
on how and when to use certain Yiddish phrases, an overview of the grammar,
songs, stories, history, vocabulary and cultural notes
Outwitting History: How a Young Man Rescued a Million Books and
Saved a Vanishing Civilisation
by Aaron Lansky
- in 1980 Aaron Lansky, a 23-year-old graduate student, came up with the
idea of collecting as many Yiddish books as he could find in order to save
a significant chunk of Jewish literary culture. This quest led Aaron and his
friends all over the USA and Europe and resulted in an accumulation of 1.5
million volumes, which are now housed at the National Yiddish Book Center
at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusets. This is a compelling, moving
tale full of hilarious anecdotes.
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