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.

I Proposed After Half An Hour: Meeting and Marrying My Wife

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  • Cantor Moshe Kraus, Holocaust survivor and first chief cantor of the Israel Defense Forces, tells the story of how he met his future wife Rivka, and proposed after only a half hour. He then shares memories of the wedding, including the appearance of a surprise guest, the chief rabbi of Israel, who ended up marrying them.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Moshe Kraus.

This excerpt is in English and Yiddish.

About the Wexler Oral History Project

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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.

Tell Us Your Story

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Do you (or someone you know) have stories to share about the importance of Yiddish language and culture in your life?