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.

“A Herring Is Also A Fish”: On Yiddish, Insecurity, and Being A Yiddishist in the 21st Century

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Miriam Udel, assistant professor of German Studies and Jewish Studies at Emory University, invokes a Yiddish expression to offer advice on what it means to be a Yiddishist: on the one hand, one will always have the insecurity of not being "good enough" compared to the greats, but on the other, to even be studying Yiddish in this day and age is a rare and special thing -- so dive in!

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Miriam Udel.

This excerpt is in English and Yiddish.

Miriam Udel was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts in 1976.