The Old in the New: Introducing “How Yiddish Changed America and How America Changed Yiddish”
Los Angeles Review of Books
Stavans, IlanLambert, Josh
This article is the preface to the book "How Yiddish Changed America and How America Changed Yiddish," edited by Ilan Stavans and Josh Lambert. They discuss the evolution of the Yiddish language in the United States. They discuss the myriad uses of Yiddish and the broad diversity of Yiddish speakers, which include "factory owners and communists, Hasidic Jews and Christian missionaries, anarchists and political fixers, scientists and quacks." Yiddish has also, they note, increasingly become the focus of scholarly research and study in the United States.The entries in the book highlight the ways in which American culture has affected the Yiddish language spoken there as well as the extent to which it has become infused into American culture. Click on the link above to read the article.
Yiddish Language, United States, Communities and Organizations, How Yiddish Changed America and How America Changed Yiddish