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In Yiddish, of course

To many it is the language of an older generation that didn’t identify with a particular place but a culture – it has been the language of European Jews much more than Hebrew.

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Photo by: MAŁGORZATA MACIEJEWSKA
One week ago Simonas Alperavicius died. A man who inspired both those within his community, and those lucky enough to come into contact with it. A man who, when asked why he chose to remain in Vilnius, Lithuania, after the war, replied that he could go to Israel, but then he would just be an old Jew playing cards on the beach. His response revealed his dedication to passing the torch to the next generation of Ashkenazim in Vilna.

He felt he had important work to do in the community – from sharing his stories of the city’s vibrant Jewish past to teaching young people what it means to be a Jew – in Yiddish, of course.



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