SOPHIS – Jewspeak: How Sholem Aleichem Turned the Jews into the People of the Spoken Word –Centennial Lecture

Date/Time: Tue 26 Jul / 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: Monash University, Room H1.16, Building H, 900 Dandenong Road, Caulfield Campus


Jewspeak: How Sholem Aleichem Turned the Jews into the People of the Spoken Word –Centennial Lecture

Professor David Roskies

Speech, Story and Writing Catastrophe: The DNA of Jewish Memory
A 3- Part Lecture Series by Professor David Roskies
ACJC 2016 Kronhill Visiting Scholar

Abstract

100,000 mourners lined the streets of New York City on May 15, 1916, to say goodbye to Sholem Aleichem, the greatest Yiddish writer of all time. They turned out in unprecedented numbers because Sholem Aleichem, whose pen-name means “How Do-You-Do,” had given voice to the way Jews spoke, cursed, joked, played, cried and dreamed implausible dreams. Becoming the champion of the particular, he discovered the poetry and pathos of everyday life. By giving voice to Yiddish, Sholem Aleichem became the voice of his people in real time and in their real circumstances.

Bio

David G. Roskies is the Sol and Evelyn Henkind Chair in Yiddish Literature and Culture and professor of Jewish Literature at The Jewish Theological Seminary, and Naomi Prawer Kadar Visiting Professor of Yiddish Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Roskies is a cultural historian of eastern European Jewry. A prolific author, editor, and scholar, he has published nine books and received numerous awards. A native of Montreal, Canada, and a product of its Yiddish secular schools, Dr. Roskies was educated at Brandeis University, where he received his doctorate in 1975. He is ACJC 2016 Kronhill Visiting Scholar.

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