Yiddish

Jewish Culture

Yiddish Theater in New York

A cultural phenomenon of Jewish America in the early 20th century.

Yiddish

The History of Yiddish

Yiddish originated in Germany, but was eventually spoken by Jews all over Europe.

Jewish Literature

Sholem Aleichem

One of the most beloved writers of Yiddish literature, his work inspired the hit musical "Fiddler on the Roof."

Klezmer Music

Klezmer music found new life in America in the late 20th century.

Literature 101

The People of the Book have created a sizable corpus of secular prose and poetry.

Yiddish Literature in the 20th Century

Yiddish writers emigrated from Europe, and though Yiddish writing all but ceased after the Holocaust, it is seeing a small rebirth today.

Yiddish Basics

An overview of the grammar — and the many ways this language differs from Hebrew.

Jewish Languages: From Aramaic to Yiddish

Think Hebrew is the only Jewish language? Think again!

Languages 101

Language and land are intricately connected. What happens, then, when a people has no land of its own?

Yiddish Words

A brief glossary of important and commonly used Yiddish words and phrases.

Sholem Asch

A writer who bridged both Old World and New, but fit into neither.

Yiddish Press

A once thriving American industry.

Yiddish Film

Produced in Poland and America, Yiddish film captured the diversity and richness of the Yiddish-speaking world.

Chutzpah

The Yiddish word that means audacity.