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The paper relates that during the period between 1881 and 1924, many Jews immigrated to the U.S. from Eastern Europe and this allowed the Yiddish culture to prosper and grow. The paper discusses the influence of Yiddish culture on the American language, fiction, the entertainment industry and liberal democratic ideals.
From the Paper:"In many ways the Eastern European Jewish or "Yiddish" culture is one of the most influential aspects of immigration and change in the US. The development of the Yiddish movement, though to some degree a universalizing force, demonstrative of the diasporic Jews scattered to the four corners of the earth seeking a central language that reflected Hebrew, the language of faith, yet embraced new secular ideals. The nomenclature of "Yiddish Culture" given to the eastern European Jewish immigrants to America demonstrates the strength with which many reformed Jews kept faith alive through culture rather than traditional religious life. Religious life, which was incompatible with many of the standards and ideals of the culture of America was a theme that led the "Yiddish" language to become a universalizing force between Jews from all areas of the world as they settled in and forever changed America."
Sample of Sources Used:
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Eastern European Jewry and the "Yiddish" Culture (2010, December 15) Retrieved February 06, 2023, from https://www.academon.com/term-paper/eastern-european-jewry-and-the-yiddish-culture-146106/
"Eastern European Jewry and the "Yiddish" Culture" 15 December 2010. Web. 06 February. 2023. <https://www.academon.com/term-paper/eastern-european-jewry-and-the-yiddish-culture-146106/>