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Delve Deeper Registration (Fall 2023)

Thank you so much for your interest in Delve Deeper: A Program of Intensive Jewish Study! Join us this Fall as we explore Yiddish folklore and some of the great literature it has inspired. This is the second Delve Deeper course to be taught by Natan Meir, Professor of Judaic Studies at Portland State University, Oregon.

Dates of the course: Thursdays, 7-9 PM, Sept 7, 14, 21, 28, Oct 12, 19, 26, Nov 2, 9 & 16, 2023, on Zoom.

The Yiddish language is a fusion of Germanic, Hebraic, and Slavic elements that was the vernacular of Jews in central and eastern Europe for hundreds of years, and continues to be the mother tongue of many Jews today. Over the centuries, a rich folklore developed in Yiddish that includes stories, songs, curses, magic, and religious rituals and objects. In addition to exploring this treasure trove of folk material, we will also examine some essential linguistic and cultural components of Yiddish and several great literary works – including short stories by I. L. Peretz and Isaac Bashevis Singer – that draw on the Yiddish folkloristic tradition. No prior acquaintance with Yiddish required.

Note that this class will run from 7-9 PM, half an hour earlier than the usual Delve Deeper courses.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Morty Miller at Thank you, and we look forward to learning with you soon!

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