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Top Six Jewish Space Leyzers

The Editors

INTRODUCTION

While Rep Mar­jorie Tay­lor Greene’s con­spir­a­cy the­o­ry that the 2018 Cal­i­for­nia wild­fires were ignit­ed by a space leyz­er con­trolled by wealthy Jews may be more alarm­ing than fun­ny, all this new atten­tion on Jew­ish space leyz­ers made us real­ize we had pre­vi­ous­ly neglect­ed this impor­tant top­ic. So, this Purim we’re tak­ing the oppor­tu­ni­ty to share with you some of our favorite space Leyz­ers of the Jew­ish persuasion.


1. Ludwik Leyzer Zamenhof

    Ophthalmologist, linguist, and inventor of Esperanto, Zamenhof hoped to unite the peoples of the world through shared language.

    Famous quote: “Why stop at a world without linguistic or religious barriers, when you can aim for a whole universal universe?”


    2. Leyzer Grinberg

    Poet, literary critic, and translator Leyzer Grinberg collaborated with Irving Howe on A Treasury of Yiddish Poetry and A Treasury of Yiddish Stories.

    Famous Quote: “The reader who is to find pleasure in Yiddish literature needs a good deal of imaginative curiosity; he must be willing to enter an unfamiliar world and adjust himself to literary modes and expectations that differ from those of his own culture. The same can be said for the explorer traveling into space.”

    3. Leyzer Volf

    A flamboyant and prolific poet, known for his energetic performances and parodies, associated with Yung Vilne.

    Famous quote: “Phew! My head has started spinning / Like the earth in solar orbit!

    4. Leyzer Burko

    Historian of Yiddish linguistics and Yiddish actor, teacher, and cultural activist, Leyzer Burko is out of this world!

    Famous Quote: “I study linguists who wanted to create a total Yiddish space in which Yiddish-speakers can engage in all meaningful life activities on this planet in Yiddish. I have taken their ideal of Yiddish space literally in my quest to extend their work to other planets as well.”

    5. Leyzer Wolf

    Famed wealthy butcher who wants to marry Tsaytl in Tevye the Dairyman.

    Famous Quote: “A milk cow so I won’t be lonely? I’ll need more than bovine companionship if I’m going to make it out here in space.”

    6. Emma Leyzerus

    Leyzerus was an American Jewish poet and advocate for East European Jewish refugees.

    Famous Quote: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free in a space vacuum.”

    MLA STYLE
    Editors, The. “Top Six Jewish Space Leyzers.” In geveb, February 2021: https://ingeveb.org/blog/top-six-jewish-space-leyzers.
    CHICAGO STYLE
    Editors, The. “Top Six Jewish Space Leyzers.” In geveb (February 2021): Accessed Apr 18, 2021.

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