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Yiddish language

(Encyclopedia) Yiddish language yĭd´ĭsh [key], a member of the West Germanic group of the Germanic subfamily of the Indo-European family of languages (see Germanic languages…

Yiddish Glossary

From my bashert to my zaide by Erin Teare Related Links Judaism PrimerEncyclopedia: YiddishBranches of JudaismAn amalgam of medieval German dialects, Yiddish was first used in the Jewish…

Goldfaden, Abraham

(Encyclopedia) Goldfaden, Abraham gōldfäd´ən [key], 1840–1908, Hebrew and Yiddish playwright, b. Starokonstantinov, Russia. He was the first important Yiddish playwright and a leading…

Pinski, David

(Encyclopedia) Pinski, David pĭn´skē [key], 1872–1959, Yiddish dramatist and novelist, b. Russia. He wrote stories and plays in Yiddish about the ghetto and assisted in editing a…

Bloomgarden, Solomon

(Encyclopedia) Bloomgarden or Blumengarten, Solomon, pseud. Yehoash yēhō´äsh [key], 1870–1927, American writer in Yiddish, b. Lithuania. He emigrated to America in…

Mendele mocher sforim

(Encyclopedia) Mendele mocher sforim [Yid.,= Mendele the book peddler] mĕn´dələ môkh´ər sfô´rĭm [key], pseud. of Sholem Yakov Abramovich shō´ləm yä´kôv əbrämə´vĭch [key], 1836–

Singer, Israel Joshua

(Encyclopedia) Singer, Israel Joshua, 1893–1944, Polish-American novelist and playwright who wrote in Yiddish, older brother of Isaac Bashevis Singer . Living variously in Poland…

Peretz, Isaac Loeb

(Encyclopedia) Peretz or Perez, Isaac Loeb both: pĕr´ĕts; lōb´ [key], 1852–1915, Jewish poet, novelist, playwright, and lawyer, b. Zamosc, Poland. A voice of the Haskalah, or…

Weinreich, Uriel

(Encyclopedia) Weinreich, Uriel, 1926–67, Polish-American linguist, b. Vilnius, Poland (now in Lithuania), Ph.D. Columbia Univ., 1951. Weinreich taught linguistics at Columbia (1951–67…

Gordin, Jacob Mikhailovich

(Encyclopedia) Gordin, Jacob Mikhailovich yä´kôb mĭkhī´ləvyĭch gôr´dĭn [key], 1853–1909, American writer of Yiddish plays, b. Russia. He was for some years a teacher and a newspaper…