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Yiddish publication Afn Shvell, which translates to “on the doorstep”, recently reviewed BrickHouse Books author Richard Fein’s collection of essays titled Yiddish Genesis.
Afn Shvell had this to say about Fein’s work:
“This work is a chronological collection of personal essays, written over a period of forty years, which expresses the attitude of the essayist and literary critic, Richard (Rubin-Jacob) Fein to the Yiddish language and to the Book of Genesis. In the moving and learned memoir Fein illuminated the condition of Yiddish tradition from its Biblical roots to the modern creators and innovators. The theme of Genesis and the decline of Yiddish is the repeated conflict in his dialogue with the theme of the Book of Genesis, the book of creation. The strength of his thoughts about Genesis is that we can read the stories of those Biblical heroes such as the Fathers (Uves), Moses the teacher (Moshe Rabeinu), Isaiah the Prophet (Ishaia Hanovi) with inner feeling, through the lens, not of holy language (loshn kodesh), as is ordinarily done, but through the mother tongue (mame loshn).”
Translation provided by Leon Gildin.
Buy Yiddish Genesis here.