How tempting it is to claim, as one gets swept into the fervor of the small community of non-Hasidic Yiddish speakers in America, that the once-belittled and murdered language is making a comeback. Not that it's really possible to imagine that a few summer language programs or a run on klezmer CDs can restore Yiddish as an international tongue that was spoken by millions and produced a vast and varied literature, music, and theater. But don't say that to the students in one of those language programs or to the musicians practicing licks at Klez-Camp every winter. They'll hurl the nastiest Yiddish curses at you, for they are true believers in the contemporary vibrancy of this almost... More >>>