THE YIDDISH BOOK CENTER'S
Wexler Oral History Project

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.

How my Father Lost his Faith

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  • Eugene Orenstein recounts his father's childhood first in a kheder and then studying at a Yeshiva. He explains how reading one book led his father to lose his religious faith at a young age.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Eugene Orenstein.

This excerpt is in English.

Eugene Orenstein was born in Bronx, New York in 1945.

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About the Wexler Oral History Project

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Since 2010, the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project has recorded more than 500 in-depth video interviews that provide a deeper understanding of the Jewish experience and the legacy and changing nature of Yiddish language and culture.

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Do you (or someone you know) have stories to share about the importance of Yiddish language and culture in your life?