My first Yiddish lesson in Israel did not go well.
I speak pretty good Yiddish, but I wanted to learn more and get accustomed to the distinct Hasidic accent – and I love visiting Bnei Brak, a Haredi community next to Tel Aviv.
My lesson was with Yosef, a Hasidic man in his twenties. The lesson started off great as we got to know each other, talking about our families and their histories. During the course of two hours, we spoke about 70% Yiddish, 20% Hebrew, and 10% English. Eventually, Yosef asked what kind of synagogue I go to, and I told him it was Reform.
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