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.
"Making Babies in Other Ways": Beyond Heteronormativity, Essentialism, Survival in Transmission
Zohar Weiman-Kelman--scholar of Queer Studies, Yiddish Studies, and Jewish literature--explains their theory of heternormative transmission of Yiddish between generations and necessitates moving away from obsession with Jewish survival. They believe moving away from the idea that Yiddish speakers are best "made in the bedroom" is promising for a more rewarding, diverse future.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Zohar Weiman-Kelman.
This excerpt is in English.
Zohar Weiman-Kelman was born in Jerusalem, Israel in 1982.
This interview is part of the Yiddish in the Academy: scholars, language instructors, and students series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
"Look Through Yiddish at the World": Advice for Those Interested in Yiddish
1 min 13 sec
Slide 3 of 6
Speaking Directly to the Bubbies: Transmission Between Jewish Lesbian Writers and Yiddish Poetesses
2 min 32 sec
Slide 5 of 6