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October 08, 1971 - Image 14

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1971-10-08

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_ THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
14—Friday, October 8, 1971

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Japanese Turns Scholastic Interest to Yiddish in Israel

JERUSALEM—"I am the only
Yiddishist in Japan!" says Kazuo
Ugda jokingly, but he becomes
serious when he discusses his
studies at the Hebrew University:
This 28-year-old university lec-
turer from Matsuyama City in
western Japan is fascinated by the
Yiddish language and its literature.

MAN OF

THE MONTH

For September

It is a pleasure to anianta•r that

Melvin Weisz, C.L.U.

has merited the mana,f-theattionth award as the most outstanding
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recognition or his exrellent srrrire to his polirt•holders and our

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He has received a grant from the
Israeli government to spend one
year at the university in order to
pursue his interest.
Ueda, a Japanese.. student of
German who received a bachelor's
and master's degree from the Uni-
versity of Tokyo, has taught for
two years in the German depart-
ment at Uni Ehirne University in
Matsuyama.
While still in graduate school,
he was introduced to Yiddish
through the diary of Franz 'Calks.
Since then he has been intrigued
by the language "of whose exist-
ence most Japanese German
scholars are unaware."
He began by studying biblical
Hebrew in 1967 at Tokyo Uni-
versity and then modern Hebrew
at the Jewish Community of
Japan in Tokyo. For the past
four years be has been teaching
himself Yiddish. Often he went
to_the only synagogue in Japan
in search of assistance, which
be found in the person of the
young rabbi there.
Since July, when he arrived in
Israel, Kazuo has been concentrat-
ing on his Hebrew at an ulpan, a
three-month intensive language
course given by the Hebrew Uni-
versity for incoming students from
abroad. Kazuo is-one of close to
800 students from over 30 different
countries, in the program this
summer.
_ Isaac-Bashevis Singer is his Lay-

ante Yiddish author., When be re-
turns to Japan he would like: to
translate some of Singer's worlis.
into Japanese, and is also conskt
?ring the stories or Shalom - Mei-
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