When you think of a fictional "hero," you might picture a strong, capable character. Someone who exudes confidence and is revered by those around them. But the heroes of Yiddish literature are very different.
A new book called “Never Better!: The Modern Jewish Picaresque” explores the traits of Yiddish protagonists and their underlying meaning. That book recently won the National Jewish Book Award. The author, Miriam Udel, is a Professor of Yiddish Language, Literature, and Culture at Emory University.