My Yiddishe Mother Tongue

books-thecatinthehat-yiddishSholem-aleykhem! Which is Yiddish for hello…

Not really a video this, but a couple of extracts from a documentary I did for Radio 4 about my mother’s parents – a Yiddish playwright and actress – and my general obsession with the language and culture of Yiddish.

First extract is where I take my mother back to the site of the Grand Palais Yiddish theatre in the East End of London where my grandmother was an actress and my grandfather a playwright.

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The second is part of an interview about Yiddish with former head of ITV Michael Grade, sharing a couple of his favourite insults.

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Want a bit more Yiddish? Well, here’s a link to an article I wrote for the Jewish Chronicle…

Yiddish kvetches

And, whilst we’re at it, here’s a nice review from the Guardian that I’m posting  here so my family can kvell, which means glow with pride. In a Jewish way…

The Guardian: My Yiddishe Mother-tongue

Well done Edinburgh…

Saw this in Edinburgh. Good to see they’re taking sex education out onto the streets…

bollards

Rabbi David Schneider’s Weekly Words of Wisdom 4: Mishpatim

mishpatim(Exodus 21-24)

First of all, an apology. I want to make it clear that in last week’s column when I said that the editor was a bare-faced liar I in no way meant he was a bare-faced liar. He’s not. He’s a very wise and judicious young man, the King Solomon of weekly Anglo-Jewish publications, who I’m sure will remember what the sages said: that one good word is worth a thousand poisonous ones. What are a thousand letters of complaints, a handful of libel actions and a threatened boycott by most if not all sections of the Jewish community compared to one letter of approval when that letter comes from no less a figure than Nelson Mandela? (more…)

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Rabbi David Schneider’s Weekly Words of Wisdom 5: Terumah

(Exodus 25:1-27:19)

Last week I wrote about a quite amazing letter of support I’d received from one Nelson Mandela. This has prompted outrage from certain quarters, by which I mean a rival synagogue where the Rabbi, Rabbi F, has nothing better to do with his time because his congregation has dwindled to two elderly ladies and that meshuggener with one tooth who walks along Golders Green High Street with the sign saying “The End of the World Is Nigh. Clearance Sale: Everything Must Go!”

Rabbi F insists there is no way the Nelson Mandela would write me such a letter. (more…)

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