Yiddish Is Dead. Long Live Yiddish!

Programs for Yiddish-lovers are proliferating both inside and outside the academic world in Israel, despite many having written off the language.

Gudrun Mattes' interest in studying Yiddish was sparked by a rather random conversation held more than 20 years ago. At the time, she was working as a nanny in the United States and happened to be attending a birthday party. The mostly Jewish guests were naturally stunned when the young Roman-Catholic German woman began belting out that all-time Yiddish favorite "Ba Mir Bistu Shein" - a song she had...