Born to Kvetch: Yiddish Language and Culture in all its Moods

Michael Wex, 2005

An examination of the development of theYiddish language. Wex explains the nature of the separation of Jews from gentiles and illustrates the harsh reality of European Jewish life, mirrored in the Yiddish language. Paradox, poverty, irony, and superstition (the secret heart of Yiddish) are described by example and through comparison to present-day popular culture.

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