chapter  3
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From Local to Global: A New Stage for Yiddish Song

The first part of this book focused on a cluster of practices involving Yiddish song embedded in a contemporary Yiddish cultural community.1 This community articulates continuity with the Yiddish-speaking Jewish society of Ashkenazi Central and Eastern Europe and an ideological commitment to the preservation of its language and culture. The nature of this cultural heritage has repeatedly been reimagined in the Yiddishist community in North America, encompassing both text and practice. New social and educational contexts allow the same material to be lived through embodied participation; new paradigms of recording and publication allow Yiddish culture to be packaged and handed down to new generations as heritage.