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Yiddish and the imbrications of language, ideology, and gender in Habad Hasidism

03 November 2020, 6:00 pm–7:30 pm

snapshot of Eli Ruben in front of pink flowers

Public lecture from Eli Rubin, UCL

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to

All | UCL staff | UCL students | UCL alumni

Availability

Yes

Cost

Free

Organiser

Hasidic Yiddish at UCL

Location

NA
Gower Street
London
WC1E 6BT

A talk (sichah) delivered in Yiddish by the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, dating from 1952, will serve as a basis for a wider discussion of the way Yiddish functions as a mediating bridge not only between Loshn Hakoydesh and English as languages, but also between the different ideological meanings that specific words carry in different cultures. This talk, in which teshuvah, tefillah and tzedakah or contrasted with their apparent counterpoints in English—repentance, prayer and charity—shows that the Rebbe himself was attentive to the imbrications of language with ideology and culture. By setting this talk in its wider historical and literary context we can better see how questions about Yiddish language and literature are often entangled with other disciplinary areas of inquiry, such as history, ideology, and theology.

This talk is part of the series of the Ada Rapoport-Albert seminar series on contemporary Hasidic Yiddish.