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Yiddish gains mini-revival in Israel

The fear for many in the 1980s and 1990s was that Yiddish was dying and about to fully die. But the new generations of secular Israelis is making a small revival in the language.
There is a new passion for Yiddish in Israel among the younger generation. The older generation had a often very negative attitude to Yiddish. Some were passionate Hebrew-speakers and did not like the Yiddish language as it was European. Some on the right-wing saw it as non-Zionist and opposed it. Some left-wing people disliked it as it was the language of the "Ashkenazi elite," or they believed "Israeliness" must dominate and not Jewish-Yiddish culture. 
However, these attitudes are very rare among people born in the last 20 to 30 years and instead, many Israelis very much Yiddish. Even people from non-Ashkenazi backgrounds are fascinated with Yiddish, because its a second Jewish language and using the Hebrew letters. Infact, it is part of a greater interest in being Jewish among secular Israelis who often go to live in Berlin and other European cities to discover their Jewish heritage.
As a result, courses at universities in Israel for Yiddish are growing and so is the popularity of Yiddish art at the Yiddish theatre in Israel and Yiddish songs. Israelis in Germany whom are fluent in German often learn Yiddish on the side and speak it with more passion than any other language. The people becoming fully fluent is rare and mostly only the high level academics are speaking it fluently among the under 40s. But those with a basic knowledge is increasing and probably will increase far more in the future.
The 100,000s of religious Israelis whom speak mother-tongue Yiddish of course means the language is spoken daily. However connections with this community and secular Israelis is rare. The Yiddish language would benefit from more friendships between Religious-Yiddish speakers and secular people interested in Yiddish. Certainly worst come to worst, the language is not going to die any time soon.

 
 
 
 
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