The Island and in particular the Manx Language received some good PR last week in the unlikely guise of a lecture in Yiddish in Jerusalem about the revival of Manx Gaelic. The lecture was delivered by Hanan Bordin of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and comes after Hanan's three week stay in the Island last year. Hanan was able to stay with members of the Jewish Community in the Island and spent his time visiting those involved in the revival of interest in the language. The visit reflected Hanan's interest in minority languages and has resulted in lectures in Hebrew and Yiddish about the situation of Manx in the Island.
Adrian Cain, Manx Language Development Officer, for the Manx Heritage Foundation commented that Hanan's trip to the Island had been inspirational and reinforces the linguistic ties between Manx speakers and other linguistic communities. His enthusiasm for all things Manx was an inspiration to us all.
Yiddish is a language of German origin which was spoken (and still is) by Jewish communities in Central and eastern Europe.