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Why Non-Jewish Nurses Studied Yiddish in 1930s Detroit

By On April 19, 2017

No one blinks an eye at an American studying French, or a Frenchman studying Spanish. Non-Jews studying Yiddish, on the other hand, have always attracted a lot of attention. Maybe it has… Read More

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Fraggle Rock’s Yiddish-Speaking Trash Heap Named Marjory

By On February 14, 2017

Who do you go to when you need advice, along with a little sass? If you were a Fraggle, you would have gone to Marjory the Trash Heap, a miracle of puppet… Read More

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How Minnesota’s Goyish Governor Passed for Jewish

By On March 21, 2014

Could there be a more goyishe name than Floyd Bjørnstjerne Olson? Believe it or not, the 22nd governor of Minnesota, born of Scandinavian parents, was so steeped in Yiddishkeit that he often passed for Jewish.… Read More

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The Yiddish Speakers Who Stayed Behind

By On March 3, 2014

We generally think of Yiddish as the language that Jews spoke in the shtetls of Eastern Europe before WWII, and of its surviving speakers as having long-ago resettled across various continents. We don’t tend… Read More

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