Three classics of Yiddish literature

Out of the thousands of Yiddish writers, only three are considered the classics: Mendele Moicher-Sforim, Yitzkhok-Leibush Peretz and Sholem-Aleichem. Why only they? Because their works, created over a hundred years ago, sound as relevant as if written for today's newspaper; their relevance is enduring. Our classics are often being compared to each other. A literary critic Shmuel Niger noted: “All three wrote about the same things, they have the same motives and themes. However, while reading Mendele we cry, with Peretz we think, and with Sholem-Aleichem we laugh.” How and why does it happen? This and other questions are being discussed in Dr. Mordechay Yushkovsky`s lecture.