A growing collection of in-depth interviews with people of all ages and backgrounds, whose stories about the legacy and changing nature of Yiddish language and culture offer a rich and complex chronicle of Jewish identity.
Encountering Yiddish Through Sholem Aleichem
Adi Mahalel, lecturer of Yiddish Studies at the University of Maryland, recalls fondly his discovery of Sholem Aleichem through the Hebrew translation available in his elementary school library, and cites the resultant desire for reading such tales in the original language as the impetus for his future of Yiddish studies.
This interview was conducted in English.
Adi Mahalel was born in 1979 in Haifa, Israel.
This interview is part of the Yiddish in the Academy: scholars, language instructors, and students series.
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Themes in this oral history excerpt:
- Yiddish language
- Yiddish learning
- Pesakh, Passover
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