Why send your child to Hebrew school?

At least once a month, someone, usually a business acquaintance who doesn’t know much about your private life, will ask what your child is up to at Hebrew day school, and then go on to let you know in no uncertain terms that you are a traitor to every aspect of the Yiddish language and culture from which you make most of your living, from the fondly remembered labor movement to the Yiddish-speaking Orthodoxy in which you were raised. They’re upset that someone like you, who spends so much of his time writing and lecturing about Yiddish, has been sending his kid to an Ivrit b’Ivrit (Zionist Hebew-language) day school in which the study of Yiddish is, quite literally, not an option.
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