The Beauty and Magic of Yiddish

Sunday, November 26

USA 12:00 pm PT / 3:00 pm ET

UK 8:00 pm / France 09:00 pm / Israel 10:00 pm

The talk will last approximately 90 minutes

About this talk

Nothing symbolizes more Ashkenazi Jews' history and storytelling than Yiddish. The language, also known as a "mame loshn", has been an integral part of the European linguistic and cultural diversity. At the same time, it became richer by attaining bits and pieces of the various surrounding languages and cultures. The beauty of Yiddish can be felt through its many phrases and sayings.

Travel with us to Berlin, Odessa and Tbilisi to learn about how different waves of Jewish migration brought Yiddish to various corners of Europe and the Caucasus, creating a unique linguistic mosaic. Hear some of the most touching and amusing Yiddish expressions and words which will stay with you. Discover how Yiddish can help you speak to the ghosts and allow you to understand better Jewish wisdom and mysticism.

About Lasha

Lasha Shakulashvili is a Isaac Bashevis Singer Fellow 2021/2022 and a recent graduate of the Paideia - The European Institute for Jewish Studies in Sweden. He has also graduated from the Yiddish program under the Oxford School of Rare Jewish Languages at the University of Oxford. 

Currently, Lasha is a lecturer of Yiddish language and culture at the Tbilisi State University in Georgia and is undertaking research at the National Library of Israel. Apart from his native Georgian, Lasha speaks English, Russian, Yiddish, Latvian and Hebrew.

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