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

Paperback | March 31, 2009

byNeal Karlen

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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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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...

Neal Karlen was speaking Yiddish at home well before he was a staff writer atNewsweekandRolling Stone. A regular contributor to theNew York Times, he has studied Yiddish at Brown University, New York's Inlingua Institute, and the University of Minnesota's Graduate School of Journalism, where he teaches nonfiction writing.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.76 inPublished:March 31, 2009Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060837128

ISBN - 13:9780060837129

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