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Essays, interviews, listicles, podcasts, and much more, covering all aspects of Yiddish culture.

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Beyond the Theater of Memory: Reflections on Yiddish Singing in the German-Speaking World

Isabel Frey reflects on the chal­lenges and pos­si­bil­i­ties of per­form­ing Yid­dish music as a Jew­ish per­former in Ger­many and Aus­tria beyond the insu­lat­ed Berlin klezmer scene.

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Discovering Di Froyen

The fabled book­let Di Froyen Women and Yid­dish: Trib­ute to the Past, Direc­tions for the Future: Con­fer­ence Pro­ceed­ings, pub­lished in 1997, which records the Di froyen con­fer­ence held Octo­ber 28 – 29, 1995, reminds us of the conference’s lega­cy as a turn­ing point for women in Yid­dish. More than that, it under­scores par­tic­i­pants’ vision­ary goals and uphill work to achieve them. It also rais­es ques­tions of gen­der, lan­guage, and pow­er that con­tin­ue to ani­mate con­tem­po­rary fem­i­nist Yid­dishist debates.

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Translating Birshteyn into Swedish: A Conversation with John Karlsson

In this con­ver­sa­tion the Yid­dish trans­la­tor John Karls­son from Swe­den dis­cuss­es his most recent project, a trans­la­tion of Yosl Bir­shteyn sto­ries into Swedish.

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Naming Other Jews: Looking at Yiddish Speakers Through Ladino

How did Ladi­no speak­ers refer to new­ly arrived Ashke­naz­im in Ottoman cities? Nesi Altaras uses Ladino’s lex­i­con as an archive to exca­vate the pow­er dynam­ics between Jews speak­ing dif­fer­ent lan­guages, par­tic­u­lar­ly the dis­dain felt by the already estab­lished towards the new­ly arrived.

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Soviet Ambivalence and Yiddish Continuities at “Hidden in Plain Sight: Yiddish in the Socialist Bloc and its Transnationality”

In its mul­ti­lin­gual­ism and mul­ti­vo­cal­i­ty, this work­shop on Cold War Yid­dish was an anti-eulo­gy that spoke to after­lives instead of endings.

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Call for Submissions: Yiddishists and Scholars of Yiddish in/from Ukraine

In geveb is seek­ing sub­mis­sions from Yid­dishists and schol­ars of Yid­dish or Jew­ish his­to­ry and lit­er­a­ture who are in or from Ukraine.


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Shomer Aleichem: The Facts of A Life

This essay offers for the first time infor­ma­tion ver­i­fied by our own comedic sen­si­bil­i­ties about Shomer Aleichem’s sig­nif­i­cant and influ­en­tial corpus.

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Announcing In geveb’s New Subscription Model

We decid­ed it was high time to make a lit­tle mon­ey off of you.

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In praise of “איז”, a Loveable, Adorable, but also Tragic Yiddish Word With Many Meanings

The word איז is both fun­ny and sad, like Yid­dish itself. It comes from some­where in East­ern Europe.

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Yiddish Songs to Sing in the Shower

We asked some experts, whose answers are drip­ping with wisdom.

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