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Deborah Thompson

Deborah Thompson
United States
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Having just graduated from my Master's Program in Jewish Art and Visual Culture from the Jewish Theological Seminary, I am currently a student here at Yiddish Farm. 

Yiddish Farm is an ambitious venture of which I am proud to be a part. I came to the farm's immersive two-week program to learn Yiddish for a few reasons: 

First and foremost, I want to learn Yiddish in order to speak with my grandparents. Yiddish is my grandfathers' first language and my grandmother learned the "Mome-Loshen" to speak with her own grandmother. Yiddish skipped a generation in my family, and I feel a responsibility to learn this language so that I might bridge this divide and, G-d willing, pass it on to the next generation. 

Second, Yiddish is deeply interwoven with Jewish culture and heritage, and there is a great wealth of literature, songs, plays, and even artwork just waiting to be discovered. Learning to speak, read, and write Yiddish at Yiddish Farm will give me the key to this treasure trove.

Finally, I came to the Farm to learn Yiddish both inside and outside the classroom. Here, I split my time between taking lessons in Yiddish grammar, working on the organic farm, singing Yiddish songs, taking care of goslings, reading the stories of Sholem Aleichem, and strolling through the fields listening to birdsong.

My profile shows a Jewish woman kindling Shabbos lights in the year 1593, with surrounding explanatory text in Yiddish. The page is from a Yiddish Minhagimbukh (book of Jewish customs) printed by Giovanni di Gara in Venice.




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