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.

Learning My First Posek At Age 15 In a Class Full of 2nd Graders

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Yaakov Wasilewicz, Jewish musician, describes what it was like beginning a traditional Jewish education at age 15. He started by going to 2nd grade until he could catch up to his age group. While studying with the second graders, he recited his first posek (Torah verse) and recounts that experience.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Yaakov Wasilewicz.

This excerpt is in English.

Yaakov Wasilewicz was born in Czestowa in 1988.