Yiddish is a language that evolved from Hebrew and German and which unified Eastern European Jews for hundreds of years. Today, the vast majority of Yiddish speakers are ultra-Orthodox Jews. A growing movement of young, secular Yiddish speakers is trying to change that, however, and breathe new life into the language.

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A Living Language

Yiddish in New York City is more than just ordering a bagel with a shmear and kvetching about traffic.