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.
Three Weeks of the Same Lesson: Tutoring with the rebetsn (Rabbi's wife)
Rita Licht Rosenthal, a retired social worker, explains her early desire to study for a bat mitzvah the way her brother did.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Rita Licht Rosenthal.
This excerpt is in English and Yiddish.
Rita Licht Rosenthal was born in Bronx, New York in 1930.
Other video highlights from this oral history
Three Weeks of the Same Lesson: Tutoring with the rebetsn (Rabbi's wife)1 minute 24 seconds
Life in the Bathgate Ave. Bronx Neighborhood During the Depression2 minutes 45 seconds
"Hebreyish, Hebreyish": A Father's Naches (Pride) in His Daughter's Hebrew Skills2 minutes 10 seconds
Yiddish in Venice and Paris2 minutes 9 seconds
Organizing Jewish Community in the "Wilderness" of Suffolk County4 minutes 30 seconds
Same Classes, Different Degree: Sexism at College1 minute 15 seconds
A Life in Service2 minutes 4 seconds
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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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