Professor Miriam Hoffman

Founder Professor Miriam Hoffman is a world-renowned scholar of Jewish and Yiddish culture, with a 60-year academic career that includes 25 years as professor of Yiddish language and Jewish culture at Columbia University. Her 700-page “Key to Yiddish” textbook is a standard for Yiddish educators worldwide. She is an award-winning playwright, author, and columnist for The Forward, having published thousands of articles over 35 years. Her collaboration with the late Broadway impresario Joseph Papp allowed for the creation of a Yiddish Theater bearing his name.

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    From Siberia to Columbia University, this epic tale of war and survival is seen through the eyes of a young Miriam Hoffman and her father, Chaim Schmulewitz, a well-respected columnist of the Yiddish press Undzerweg.
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    From Siberia to Columbia University, this epic tale of war and survival is seen through the eyes of a young Miriam Hoffman and her father, Chaim Schmulewitz, a well-respected columnist of the Yiddish press Undzerweg.
  • From Siberia to Columbia University, this epic tale of war and survival is seen through the eyes of a young Miriam Hoffman and her father, Chaim Schmulewitz, a well-respected columnist of the Yiddish press Undzerweg.
  • Folktales belong to the earliest folk literature, likely predating Jewish sources. Once they were adapted into the Jewish setting, they were integrated into our own mythology. Folktales were told as parables with a moral undercurrent to expose human frailty and strength, vanity and heroism. Anything that wasn’t said openly was disguised as a parable or a folktale. The Jewish folktale encompasses wit and wisdom, evil and goodness, breaking down established norms, unmasking foolish pride, and fighting against injustice. The tales, legends, parables, and folktales in this book tell of miracles, heroism, cowardice and above all, the poor folk and the wealthy ones. In short, they are our most treasured legacy.
  • Folktales belong to the earliest folk literature, likely predating Jewish sources. Once they were adapted into the Jewish setting, they were integrated into our own mythology. Folktales were told as parables with a moral undercurrent to expose human frailty and strength, vanity and heroism. Anything that wasn’t said openly was disguised as a parable or a folktale. The Jewish folktale encompasses wit and wisdom, evil and goodness, breaking down established norms, unmasking foolish pride, and fighting against injustice. The tales, legends, parables, and folktales in this book tell of miracles, heroism, cowardice and above all, the poor folk and the wealthy ones. In short, they are our most treasured legacy.
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    KEY TO YIDDISH aims to introduce the student to the fundamentals of Yiddish language and culture.
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    Legends of the AlefBet: The Origins of the Alphabet is Professor Miriam Hoffman’s epic examination of the origins of written language.
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