The Story of Yiddish: How a Mish-Mosh of Languages Saved the Jews

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A delightfully unconventional tale of a people, their place in the world, and the fascinating language that held them together.

Yiddish is an unlikely survivor of the ages, much like the Jews themselves. Incorporating antique German dialects and elements from more than a dozen other tongues, the Yiddish language bears the imprint of the many places where European Jews were briefly given shelter. Neal Karlen's unique, brashly entertaining, yet thoroughly researched telling of the language's story reveals that Yiddish is a mirror of Jewish history, thought, and practice—for better and for worse.

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The Last One Thousand Years of Jewish History is Inseparable from The Story of Yiddish.

Yiddish --an oft-considered "gutter language--is an unlikely survivor of the ages, much like the Jews themselves. Its survival has been an incredibly journey, especially considering how often Jews have tried to kill it themselves.

Underlying Neal Karlen's unique, brashly entertaining, yet thoroughly researched telling of the language's story is the notion that Yiddish is a mirror of Jewish, history, thought, and practice--for better and worse.

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"Hilarious, insightful, touching, informative....Karlen is simply one of the best, most sophisticated, and literate practitioners of journalism we have." Philip Lopate

"In 2007, if college students are still taking a course call 'The Literature of Fact,' now taught by John McPhee at Princeton, Jen-X, written by Neal Karlen, should be required reading....Both a classic piece of pop-culture ephemera and a grand record of it. Grade A.--Entertainment Weekly

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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Inc, United States, 2009. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 198 x 134 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. Scholars usually date Yiddish from the 11th century, when modern linguists believed the language began as a German dialect spoken by newly arrived Jewish immigrants from France and Northern Italy living along the Rhine. Over time, it became an actual language incorporating elements of Hebrew, Aramaic, and the Slavic and Romance languages. As the story proceeds through the centuries, Karlen highlights the intertwining fates of Judaism and Yiddish. The language would reach literary heights in the 19th century and 20th centuries.Yet in the middle of the 20th century, while the language and culture was at its zenith, Yiddish faced two of its gravest enemies - the genocidal Nazis and the early, proud Zionists who founded Israel in the wake of the Holocaust and decided that with a new Jewish homeland, there would also have to new kind of Jew, speaking a different kind of language. It wasn t until roughly a decade ago that a new generation has begun to work zealously to recapture Yiddish before it disappears. Bookseller Inventory # AAS9780060837129

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