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A linguistic feature of Yiddish, especially a Yiddish idiom or phrasing that appears in another language.


(ˈyɪd ɪˌʃɪz əm)

1. a word, phrase, or linguistic feature characteristic of or peculiar to Yiddish.
2. the advocacy of Yiddish language and literature.
Yid′dish•ist, n.


a Yiddish loanword in English, as chutzpa.
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Both groups denounced as communist the world conference of 4000 Yiddishists, convened in Paris in 1937, which led to the founding of YKUF (Yiddish Cultural League), an international organization committed to support Yiddish culture.
10) Unlike the radical Yiddishists who sought to sever the connection between Hebrew and Yiddish and attempt to do away with the former--and unlike the staunchly anti-Yiddish Hebraicists he encountered in Palestine--Yehoash understood Yiddish to be inextricably linked to the ancient language.
Wood highlights the deepening schisms growing between the most religiously orthodox Jewish participants, for whom the Yiddish language is still a vernacular, and secular Yiddishists, for whom Yiddish language and culture align with progressive ethics and radical politics.
Rebecca Margolis is an expert on Yiddish in Canada and she explores the strong connections among Yiddishists on both sides of the border.
Indeed, as Abigail Wood's monograph convincingly argues in some detail, Yiddish song and the singing thereof act as a kind of cultural linchpin for a community of contemporary Yiddishists that is centered in New York but stretches across North America and reaches over the Atlantic back to Europe.
Spector focusing specifically on Byron's influence and impact on Jewish readers and academics with individual chapters respectively devoted to Bryon and the English Jews, the Maskilim, the Yiddishists, and the Zionists.
Some attribute its third and best known meaning of a person of noble character and moral rectitude to secular Yiddishists in 19th-century Eastern Europe.
Some Yiddishists in interwar Poland expressed concern that Jewish youth seemed to prefer reading these books over original Yiddish works and worried about "the alarming rate at which young Jews were switching to Polish altogether.
Barry Trachtenberg demonstrates that the reassessment of Old Yiddish literature by inter-war Yiddishists (Bet Borochov and Max Weinreich, among others) was motivated largely by their political interest in providing a 'scientific, historical foundation' for their vision of a modern secular Yiddish cultural nation in the European Diaspora (p.
There were socialists, Zionists, anti-Zionists, Bundists, secularists, Yiddishists, Hebraists, and the Orthodox, each with their own agenda, each with their own plan for the survival of the Jewish people in Canada.
One of the most dramatic confrontations between Hebraists and Yiddishists took place in the late 1920s at the recently established Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Singer--widely translated, fabulously successful, yet cruel, egotistical and rejected by most other Yiddish writers--the other loosely based on the great poet Jacob Glatstein, celebrated among fellow Yiddishists yet never properly translated into English.