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Ever Wanted to Watch 'Seinfeld' in Yiddish? Now You Can [VIDEO]

Thanks to a Jewish Vimeo user, we can now watch the iconic Jewish TV show spoken in the iconic Jewish language

By: Daniel Koren

Published: November 6th, 2014 in News » World

There's no doubting that Seinfeld is the quintessential Jewish sitcom - though Curb Your Enthusiasm is a close second.

This, of course, can be attested to both those shows' creator, Larry David, a self-proclaimed "Big Jew" (huge), who often used jokes about his religion and heritage as the centerpiece of many of his shows plots, both in Seinfeld and Curb.

While Seinfeld has an immensely bigger following - it IS after all the most popular TV show ever created - its Jewish-centric episodes are simply classic, from 'The Bris' to 'The Yada Yada.'

For its Jewish viewers, I'm sure we've all wondered how Seinfeld would sound in Yiddish, simply because, well, its characters, and the actors who portray them, are Ashkenazi Jewish. I'm sure Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander and Julia Louis-Dreyfus' grandparents would all be interested in hearing the show in a language more familiar to them.

Well, now they can. Unless you're looking for a new show in Yiddish. Then I recommend checking out The YidLife Crisis.

While many have labelled Yiddish as a dead language - which, I suppose it is in many ways, with a little less than 2 million people currently able to understand it - there has been a revival of the language as of late, for those Jews trying to keep it alive.

And now yet another reason to go out and learn it: a Vimeo user named A Mishel has posted a series of Seinfeld clips dubbed, you guessed it, in Yiddish.

Naturally, Mishel chose the more Jewish-centric episodes to start, including "The Bar Mitzvah," "The Bris" and "The Dentist." Watch them all below:



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