Hasidic Creativity in Yiddish Today, with Justin Jaron Lewis

The UJA Committee for Yiddish presents the annual Simcha Simchovitch Yiddish Lecture with Justin Jaron Lewis

שעפֿערישקײט אױף ייִדיש בײַ הײַנטיקע חסידים


Hasidic Creativity in Yiddish Today


ייִדיש לעבט און לאַכט צװישן הײַנטיקע חסידים. לײענען אָדער הערן זײערע דערצײלונגען, דעבאַטעס, און פּאָעזיע אין אױסגאַבעס, אינטערנעט פֿאָרומס, און "פּאָדקעסטס" קען באַרײַכערן מאַמע-לשון בײַ נישט-חסידים אױך.

Yiddish is alive and kicking among Hasidim. Everyone’s Yiddish can be enriched by reading or listening to stories, debates, or poetry in the Hasidic Yiddish of today. In this Yiddish-language lecture, Justin (Yankev) Jaron Lewis provides examples of Yiddish-language Hasidic creativity in internet forums, podcasts, and in print, including Der Veker, a Hasidic journal in which Prof. Lewis has published articles.  

Recorded live on Zoom from Winnipeg and Toronto, Sunday, June 6, 2021 | 2:00 pm ET


Dr. Justin Jaron Lewis is a scholar of early Yiddish literature and Hasidic Judaism, especially its storytelling tradition. He is the author of Imagining Holiness: Classic Hasidic Tales in Modern Times (2009), and translator of Many Pious Women (2011), a Yiddish manuscript from Renaissance Italy in praise of women. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Religion at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg.