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.
I Thought She Was Magic: Stories of My Vegetarian, Witchy, Thrifty Bubbe
Paul Azaroff, Hebrew and Judaic Studies teacher and native of New York City, excitedly shares magically detailed stories of his unique Bubbe: a chicken-flicker, a button saleswoman, a trash-picker, a vegetarian, and a window to another world.
This interview was conducted in English.
Paul Azaroff was born in 1934 in Brooklyn, New York.
Other video highlights from this oral history
I Thought She Was Magic: Stories of My Vegetarian, Witchy, Thrifty Bubbe4 minutes 4 seconds
A Jewish Neighborhood, A Jewish Home: Stories of Growing Up, and Eating in New York City3 minutes 5 seconds
Making Love in Yiddish: On Americanized Jews and Living Yiddish2 minutes 17 seconds
Traveling with Yiddish: A Language Shaped by Different Countries and Climates4 minutes 8 seconds
Lessons from Translating The Shopkeepers of Vilna: Distant, Vibrant Customs in Colloquial Yiddish5 minutes 20 seconds
$75 from Marseille to Haifa:Fighting Sholem Asch on the Way to Israel1 minute 35 seconds
Accidental Artifacts: The Essence Yiddish Theater and Yiddish Film2 minutes 27 seconds
Mesmerized by The Young Guard: Radical Youth for a New Generation of the Jewish People3 minutes 57 seconds
Finding the Mishpokhe in London, France, and Israel4 minutes 59 seconds
Keeping Yiddish, Learning Hebrew: Stories of Language in a Kibbutz and a Jewish Multilingual Past and Present2 minutes 14 seconds
It Was All One Piece: On Finding Zionism, and Experiencing Judaism in Israel2 minutes 51 seconds
More information about this oral history excerpt
Themes in this oral history excerpt:
- Roots, heritage
- Food, culinary traditions
- Career and Professional Life
- Jewish professions
- Religion and ritual
- Synagogue, shul, temple
- Old Country
- Immigration, Migration
- Family history, stories about ancestors
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