Kenneth B. Moss is the Posen Associate Professor of Modern Jewish History at the Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of Jewish Renaissance in the Russian Revolution (Harvard 2009), which investigates the Jewish nationalist intelligentsia’s concept of culture through a comparative study of Hebraist, Yiddishist, nationalist, and socialist cultural projects during the first years of the Russian Revolution. The book received the Sami Rohr Prize for the best work of Jewish non-fiction from the National Jewish Book Council in 2010; a Hebrew translation will appear from Mercaz Zalman Shazar. He is a currently working on a second book, entitled The Unchosen People: the Polish Jewish Condition and the Jewish Political Imagination, 1928-1939. He lives with his wife and children in the city that saw the first publication of a poem by Shaul Tshernikhovsky.
Johns Hopkins University
Yiddishist Myths, and the Myth Yiddish Studies Can’t Live Without