The Beauty and Magic of Yiddish

Thursday, October 27

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 the 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. Moreover, Lasha has worked for the Permanent Mission of Georgia to the United Nations and holds the European Union-supported prize on diversity reporting.

Lasha was born in one of the most multicultural and multi-faith cities of the world - Tbilisi. Growing up in a Georgian Orthodox Christian family, he was surrounded by the Georgian, Russian and Yiddish-speaking vibrant communities of the Georgian Jewry. His childhood inspired him to earn a PhD degree in Jewish Studies.

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