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  •  My Russian Jewish ancestors (2+ / 0-)
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    Bud Fields, TiaRachel

    emigrated to the U.S. before the revolution. Yiddish was their first language, even though they came from different parts of Russia. Most of them never learned Russian. I never heard any of my European-born relatives speak any languages other than Yiddish or English irrespective of their birth country.

    •  This is true for many emigrants from Europe (0+ / 0-)

      But not nearly so much for those coming from Russia, according to historians. I didn't want to get too much into Ancient, versus modern, orthodox and/or Reform Judaism, although I would believe that such a journey would be well worth the effort by anyone wanting a more understanding of the "transition" of the European vs. Russian Jewry into America, where most found an established community of German Jewry in the Northeast vying with the newer reformed movement.

      Such "Tradition!" (With apologies to Topol.) Thank you for sharing here. I've seen the hardluck and the downtrodden terms spelled so many different ways, I'm going to have to begin that thread again. I'll update what I find. I'm encouraged by your participation, and grateful  for your stories, comments and input.

      Nurse Kelley says my writing is brilliant and my soul is shiny - who am I to argue?
      Left/Right: -7.75
      Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -4.51

      by Bud Fields on Fri Oct 04, 2013 at 09:47:14 PM PDT

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