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“What Culture War?": Yiddish and Hebrew As Part of the Same Modernization Project
Ken (Binyomen) Moss—director of Jewish Studies Program and Assistant Professor in Modern Jewish History at Johns Hopkins University—explains why he does not subscribe to the "culture war" between Yiddish and Hebrew, arguing that speakers of both languages have much in common.
This interview was conducted in Yiddish.
Ken (Binyomen) Moss was born in 1974 in New Jersey.
This interview is part of the Yiddish in the Academy: scholars, language instructors, and students series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
“What Culture War?": Yiddish and Hebrew As Part of the Same Modernization Project4 minutes 45 seconds
How To Raise Children in Yiddish4 minutes 15 seconds
“The Masters”: Prof. Ken Moss Shares His Yiddish Role Models3 minutes 50 seconds
Mordkhe Schaechter as a Teacher2 minutes 35 seconds
Seeking A Community More Knowledgeable About Jewish Culture, I Became A Yiddishist2 minutes 10 seconds
Advice to Yiddish Learners: Don't Get Discouraged, You Are Not Alone2 minutes 29 seconds
Academics Play a Big Role, But Not the Biggest—Thank God: The Yiddishist World Today4 minutes 29 seconds
Yugntruf: An Organization Concerned With The Work Of Maintaining Yiddish As an Everyday Language2 minutes 13 seconds
What Does It Mean To Create Modern Jewish Culture?2 minutes 29 seconds
More information about this oral history excerpt
Themes in this oral history excerpt:
- Yiddish language
- Yiddish scene
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