top of page

Darshanit Dr. Miriam Udel

Emory University, Yeshivat Maharat

Miriam Udel is associate professor of German Studies and Jewish Studies at Emory University, where her teaching focuses on Yiddish language, literature, and culture. She holds an AB in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University, as well as a PhD in Comparative Literature from the same institution. She has also studied at Midreshet Lindenbaum and MaTaN in Jerusalem and is currently part of the Advanced Kollel Track at Yeshivat Maharat, with ordination expected in June 2019. In the Jewish community, she enjoys teaching about narrative midrash and medieval biblical interpretation. With grace and imagination, she stages meaningful textual conversations between classical and modern Jewish literature. Professor Udel’s academic research interests include 20th-century Yiddish literature and culture, Jewish children’s literature, and American-Jewish literature. She is the author of Never Better!: The Modern Jewish Picaresque (University of Michigan Press, 2016), winner of the National Jewish Book Award in Modern Jewish Thought and Experience. She is preparing an annotated, translated anthology of Yiddish children’s literature called Honey on the Page, slated to appear with New York University Press.

Subject area:

Rabbinic and medieval parshanut; Integration of classical and modern Jewish literary sources; Yiddish literature and folklore; Children's literature and values transmission; intergenerational learning



Never Better: The Modern Jewish Picaresque

Honey on the Page: An Annotated Anthology of Yiddish Children's Literature (Forthcoming)


Sample of teaching:

Video - Shiur

Video - Dvar Torah

Video - ELI Talk

Source sheet


Speaking fee:

By mutual agreement

bottom of page