Saul Noam Zaritt

Saul Noam Zaritt

12-01-2022

15:09

Here's what I have to say about Yiddish and "revival" in the @JandCpodcast: "Take interest in Yiddish—am I returning to Yiddish? It is the language of my grandparents, and I’m speaking it and studying it in ways that wouldn’t actually make sense to them... 1/5

Yiddish was the language of their everyday life, while for me it is a language that gives me access to different forms of Jewish culture that I wouldn't have had access to otherwise. 2/5

Yiddish has vocabularies that I’m interested in, not as something to be preserved and reinvigorated but something that is active and new and productive in my life today... 3/5

So that’s what I mean when I say Yiddish has a dynamism to it, rather than something that has died and is being revived or whose fate is set. 4/5

I’m not trying to recover something, I’m not proposing Yiddish as a more authentic way of engaging with Jewishness in the world, but rather as something with a productive and complicated genealogy and an open and exciting future." 5/5

(This last line could come right out of Bashevis's story "The Lecture"—anyone who imagines Yiddish's future has already doomed themselves to an encounter with ghosts...)


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