As many of you know, my first language is Yiddish. It is the language of the Satmar Hasidic community I come from. The story of why I grew up speaking Yiddish, and not Hebrew, is intimately tied to the story of the birth of Israel, Zionism, and Jewish languages.

And so, today I want to delve into the history of how two Jewish languages came to represent contrasting Jewish ideologies.

I was inspired to do this segment after visiting the wonderful YIVO exhibit in Manhattan titled:
‘PALESTINIAN YIDDISH: A LOOK AT YIDDISH IN THE LAND OF ISRAEL BEFORE 1948’
Link: https://cjh.org/visit/exhibit-info/palestinian-yiddish
Address: 15 W 16th St, New York, NY 10011

About my guest Eddy Portnoy, the curator of the exhibition:

Eddy Portnoy is an expert on Jewish popular culture. Portnoy earned an MA in Yiddish Studies from Columbia University and a PhD in Jewish History from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. He currently holds the position of Senior Researcher and Exhibition Curator at YIVO.
– You can follow Eddy on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/eddyportnoy
– You can see his book Bad Rabbi on Amazon here: https://a.co/d/cLuRcup