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.
"Find the parts that really do resonate with you, and then pursue them”: Advice to Yiddish Students
Miriam Udel, assistant professor of German Studies and Jewish Studies at Emory University, offers some advice to budding yiddishniks and those interested in Yiddish studies: you don't have to master everything about the language and culture (or even love all of it!), so find what you do like, and pursue it with passion.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Miriam Udel.
This excerpt is in English.
Miriam Udel was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts in 1976.
This interview is part of the Yiddish in the Academy: scholars, language instructors, and students series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
“A Herring Is Also A Fish”: On Yiddish, Insecurity, and Being A Yiddishist in the 21st Century
3 min 14 sec
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“I Have to Tell You, Your Yiddish is Very Strange”: Speaking Yiddish with Hadism
3 min 20 sec
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