7 Selwyn St
Elsternwick VIC 3185
“Az got vil shtrofn an am-orets, leygt er im a loshn-koydesh-vort in moyl arayn.”
“When god wants to punish an ignorant person, he puts a Hebrew word in his mouth.” – A yiddish proverb.
How much Hebrew do Yiddish speakers actually know and why was this question so important in the 20th Century? What is so special about the Hebrew component in Yiddish and why was it so important to some, while others tried to fight it? This talk explores the topic of “Hebrew within Yiddish” in Yiddish folklore, humor and language politics.