"Yiddish has not yet said its last word." Isaac Bashevis Singer made a strong endorsement for Yiddish as a living language in his 1978 Nobel Prize acceptance speech. Yet, by the time Singer received this great honour, his mame-loshn was certainly a declining language. This series explores the fate of Yiddish in two major sites of Jewish immigration: New York and Montreal. How did Yiddish culture thrive in these two cities, why did it decline, and how does it live on today?
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