Following their search option in Yiddish, Google is now launching a Yiddish Translation service of web pages and text – from 30 languages.
Yiddish is a non-territorial High German language of Jewish origin, spoken throughout the world.
Unlike other Germanic languages, Yiddish is written with the Hebrew alphabet as opposed to a Latin alphabet.
The language originated in the Ashkenazi culture that developed from about the 10th century in the Rhineland and then spread to central and eastern Europe and eventually to other continents.
For a significant portion of its history, Yiddish was the primary spoken language of the Ashkenazi Jews and once spanned a broad dialect continuum from Western Yiddish to three major groups within Eastern Yiddish.
Yiddish is written and spoken in Orthodox Jewish communities around the world. It is a home language in most Hasidic communities, where it is the first language learned in childhood, used in schools, and in many social settings.
The Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, used Yiddish at Farbrengen gatherings at 770 Eastern Parkway for his talks on Torah and Chasidic discourses.
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