'"Laboratories of Yiddishkayt': Postwar American Jewish Summer Camps and the Transformation of Yiddishism
." American Jewish History (forthcoming).
In Bad Rabbi: And Other Strange but True Stories from the Yiddish Press, Eddy Portnoy carries the banner of Yiddishism
from a contrasting perspective.
As William Safire has explained in his "On Language" column in the New York Times Magazine (October 8, 2000), the "Yiddishism
noodge" is "a noun meaning 'pest, annoying nag, persistent complainer.' ...
His point that modern secular nationalism integrated traditionalist religion from its beginnings helps structure the narrative, and provides a compelling explanation for his subjects' seemingly abrupt abandonment of diaspora nationalism and secular Yiddishism
. This is a complex and important book that does justice--without romanticizing --the complicated lives, ideologies, and times it analyzes.
While it has long been acknowledged that the Jewish scene embodied tensions between "promised land" and "fatherland," Zionism and Bundism, diasporism and Palestino-centrism, Yiddishism
and Hebraism, territorialism and Zionism, traditionalism and progressivism, these historians underscore the cross-fertilization and porous boundaries of such self-imposed labels that were earlier cast as mutually exclusive or self-evident dichotomies.
Tatjana Soldat-Jaffe's Twenty-First Century Yiddishism
opens with a promising set of tasks and questions, and the author begins her study with a clear statement of her goal: "to investigate how the controversies surrounding the use of the Yiddish language not only persist but remain vital to its status, prestige, and legitimacy" (I).
This contrast, between religiously ordained ethics and ethically ordained religion, forms the fundamental conflict of modern Yiddishism
The first two, Elias Tcherikower and Yisroel Efroikin, were former socialist activists who had turned to the secular cultural and linguistic movement Yiddishism
in later years, with both serving as coeditors of the Yiddish journal Oyfn sheydveg.
Yiddish without Yiddishism
: Tacit Language Planning Among Haredi Jews.
The inverted syntax, a Yiddishism
, comes from no place other than the Jewbird's mode of thought.
Gennady Estraikh discusses Vilna as a center for Yiddishism
, aiming to transform the spoken, low-status tongue into a modern, standardized, and respected language of culture, science, and politics, providing much interesting information on this topic.
Around me this man, who identified himself as little as possible as Jewish, would occasionally bring out a Yiddishism
or recount stories of his immigrant father.