Wednesday, February 1, 2012
The National Yiddish Book Center, founded by Aaron Lansky in 1980 to rescue Yiddish books, has been offering a summer program in recent years. The Steiner Summer Program at the Center, in Amherst, Massachusetts, offers 18 qualified full-time college students an intensive educational experience in Yiddish language, literature, culture, and history.
The graduates of the 2010 summer session were asked to pick their favorite Yiddish word. In this video, the students hem and haw their way through making their selections, but finally declare their favorites, in most cases (but not all) pronouncing them correctly.
Some of the choices are based on meaning, some on the sound, and some because just saying it gives them a special feeling. Enjoy!
(A SPECIAL NOTE FOR NEW EMAIL SUBSCRIBERS: THE VIDEO IS NOT VIEWABLE DIRECTLY FROM THE EMAIL THAT YOU GET EACH DAY. YOU MUST CLICK ON THE TITLE AT THE TOP OF THE EMAIL TO REACH THE JEWISH HUMOR CENTRAL WEBSITE, FROM WHICH YOU CLICK ON THE PLAY BUTTON IN THE VIDEO IMAGE TO START THE VIDEO.)
The story of the founding of the center is interesting in its own right, and we're sharing the video about how it got started below.