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The Origins of Modern Literary Yiddish$
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Dov-Ber Kerler

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198151661

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198151661.001.0001

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14 Introduction
The Origins of Modern Literary Yiddish

Dov-Ber Kerler

Oxford University Press

The re-print of Simkhes hanefesh was the least altered towards Eastern modernization. But is still contained the most basic features of Easternization, which was most noteworthy to analyze and discuss. It was also found to be superiorly popular during its editions of more than ten. It is made up of two collections, the first about narratives, moral teachings, and parables, while the second focused more on religious traditions and laws, mixed with lyrical components. The author himself was accustomed to Western and Eastern culture, having been raised in Poland. He therefore had a strong background and grasp of modern Yiddish literature. This was his objective: to write something that was recognizable and appreciated by all regions in Europe.

Keywords:   Simkhes hanefesh, re-print, Eastern modernization

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