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of yesterday or whether it will continue as a lasting accompani-
ment of an intensification of Jewishness in America. For more
than a century the demise of Yiddish has been proclaimed again
and again. Still it lives on and poets create in this Jewish tongue,
unmindful of prophets of doom and of their prophecies based
on little knowledge and less faith. Whatever its ultimate destiny,
however, the Yiddish that was and the Yiddish that is will leave
a deep impress upon the Jewish soul of tomorrow, and the lyrics
of the great Yiddish masters of the past century will long warm
the Jewish heart and stir the Jewish imagination.