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0:18 - Introduction 0:37 - Michael Discusses His Family Background, From Poland to Canada

Keywords: 1920s; 1930s; Canadian Army; Candada; Chasidic Judaism; Chassidic Judaism; Hasidic Judaism; Hassidic Judaism; immigration; Kłodzko rebbe; migration; Stryków, Poland; World War 2; World War II; WW2; WWII

5:23 - Michael's Childhood in Lethbridge and Calgary, and Later in Toronto

Keywords: 1960s; Arbeter Ring; Calgary, Alberta; Canada; childhood; Esther Shumiatcher-Hirschbein; Esther Shumiatsher; Hebrew day school; immigration; Lethbridge, Alberta; linguistic assimilation; migration; Perets Hirshbeyn; Peretz Hirschbein; Peretz Shule; schul; shul; Smithbilt Hats; southern Alberta; synagogue; talme-toyre; Talmud Torah; Toronto, Ontario; Workmen's Circle; Yiddish day school

14:45 - Religious Observance in Michael's Childhood Home

Keywords: childhood; holiday; Jewish holidays; kosher home; religion; religious observance; Shabbat; Shabbos; shabes; yontef; yontev

16:43 - Michael Reminisces about Time Spent with His Grandfather, and Discusses the Languages of His Childhood

Keywords: English language; English speaker; family history; Frank Sinatra; grandfather; grandparents; multilingualism; Poland; Polish language; Polish speakers; Yiddish language; Yiddish speakers

26:48 - Michael Discusses His Studies at the University of Toronto and the Connections with His Earlier Religious Education

Keywords: Beowulf; Bible; biblical commentary; biblical interpretation; English major; Geoffrey Chaucer; Germanic languages; medieval studies; New Testament; Old English poetry; old Middle English; old Norse; Rashi; Torah; toyre; University of Toronto

33:20 - Michael Explains How His Graduate Studies Led Him to Yiddish Literature and the Yiddish Revival Movement

Keywords: 1970s; anti-Semitism; antisemitism; doctoral program; Germanic languages; graduate school; graduate studies; medieval literature; Middle English religious poetry; Ph.D.; PhD; St. Augustine; The Klezmorim; Yiddish community; Yiddish language; Yiddish music; Yiddish revival; Yiddish revival band; Yiddish song; Yiddish studies; Yiddishists; YIVO

42:58 - Teaching at KlezKamp and the Origins of Michael's Book, "Born to Kvetch"

Keywords: "Born to Kvetch"; 1980s; Balkan music; KlezKamp; writer; writing; Yiddish band; Yiddish language; Yiddish music; Yiddish teacher; Yiddish teaching

49:53 - Michael Discusses the Influence of "Born to Kvetch" on Perceptions of Yiddish and the Yiddish World 55:38 - "To Lose the Language, You Lose a Way of Thought": Navigating Yiddish Today

Keywords: "How To Be a Mentsh (And Not a Schmuck)"; academic success; education; schmuck; shmuck; Talmud; Talmudic thinking; writer; writing; Yiddish language; Yiddish learning; Yiddish speakers; Yiddish teaching