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Yiddish: A Nation of Words

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This first-ever popular history of Yiddish is so full of life that it reads like a biography of the language.

For a thousand years Yiddish was the glue that held a people together. Through the intimacies of daily use, it linked European Jews with their heroic past, their spiritual universe, their increasingly far-flung relations. In it they produced one of the world's most
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ebook, 300 pages
Published August 21st 2012 by Steerforth (first published August 17th 2001)
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Libyrinths
Oct 23, 2009 Libyrinths rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. Weinstein writes so engagingly and clearly, what's not to like? Weinstein tells the history of Yiddish and the role it has played in Jewish history, from its origins to today. She includes plenty of defined Yiddish terms, word origins, and lots of Yiddish sayings (in translation) which make the book sparkle. I never knew zeyde (grandfather) had a slavic origin.

There are exultant stories and profiles of the talented Yiddish writers, such as Sholem Aleichem, I. L. Peretz, the Si
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Joanna Cabot
Jun 26, 2013 Joanna Cabot rated it really liked it
Shelves: jewish, non-fiction, 2013
This was a fascinating and comprehensive look at Yiddish culture and history. It dragged a little toward the end, but the bulk of the story was a loving, engaging narrative of the history of Yiddish, and its Jewish speakers. The narrative was all the more poignant for our contemporary foreknowledge of how the story ends---with the Holocaust, which killed the Yiddish language by murdering its speakers.

What interested me about this book was that I think I had this pre-conception that there had bee
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Renee
May 05, 2012 Renee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
SO I love this book have read it a couple of times since 2002 when I got it for Christmas. It has some of my favorite things Yiddish, Language, words and a history about all of that. Miriam Weinstein writes well in an easy flowing manner. This is a really comprehensive work and well researched. If you have read it and liked it too you will likely also really like "Born to Kvetch: Yiddish Language and Culture in All of Its Moods" by Michael Wex. That book, I have also read several times.
Jason
Apr 11, 2007 Jason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of Yiddish and languages
Shelves: history, languages
I've always been intrigued by Yiddish, and Weinstein's history of the language is a wonderful story of a nation created entirely out of words, so many of which have entered the American idiom. What I found tragic was that Yiddish was nearly wiped out by the Shoah (in Europe) and by assimilation (in the US). If you've ever been curious about Yiddish, this is a great introduction.
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Miriam Weinstein writes about family, food, friendship, and community, as well as on Jewish themes. Her books are warm, humorous, and accessible. Her newest book is All Set for Black, Thanks: A New Look At Mourning.
She lives in Gloucester, Massachusetts.
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