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.
A “Bashert” Encounter with Di Brider Ashkenazi (The Brothers Ashkenazi) by I. J. Singer
Stage director Michael Yashinsky talks about the novel that sparked his interest in Yiddish literature.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Michael Yashinsky.
This excerpt is in English.
Michael Yashinsky was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1988.
Other video highlights from this oral history
A “Bashert” Encounter with Di Brider Ashkenazi (The Brothers Ashkenazi) by I. J. Singer3 minutes 28 seconds
Action Figures in the Sukkah: “A Very American Kind of Yiddishkayt”1 minute 45 seconds
Meeting in the Middle: My Parents' Approach to Jewishness2 minutes 34 seconds
From My Grandmother's Library, Truths About The Jewish People2 minutes 22 seconds
Vegetable Selling with Mary the Horse: My Zeyde2 minutes 25 seconds
About the Wexler Oral History Project
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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