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

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Another 'Tradition Omission': Reconsidering Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish

Fid­dlers Yid­dish trans­la­tion mer­its dis­cus­sion in The New York Times, not as his­to­ry or metaphor, but as a win­dow into how Jews tell sto­ries about themselves. 

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"They Have Their Own Language, Literally": A Review of One of Us

Shay­na Weiss reviews One of Us, a Net­fix doc­u­men­tary direct­ed by Hei­di Ewing and Rachel Grady that fol­lows the lives of three ex-Hasidim. 

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Where Text Meets Sweat: Reading Yiddish Utopia in the Utah Landscape

Erin Fai­gin asks utopi­an ques­tions in Clar­i­on, Utah, the site of a for­mer Yid­dish agri­cul­tur­al colony.

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Yiddish Lives! Loshn of the Living Dead

Yid­dish is Dead! Yid­dish is Alive! Yid­dish is the Liv­ing Dead? 

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Yiddish-language Feature Menashe Premieres at the 2017 Berlin International Film Festival

Menashe offers an inti­mate glimpse inside Hasidic Bor­ough Park. 

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Yiddish, Translation, and a World Literature To-Come

In gevebs found­ing edi­tor dis­cuss­es dif­fer­ent mod­els of Yid­dish in rela­tion to world lit­er­a­ture through the fig­ures of Sholem Asch and Jacob Glatstein. 

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On My Own in Omaha: On Learning Yiddish Solo

The chal­lenges and rewards of learn­ing Yid­dish on your own. 

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Second Avenue Meets Broadway: New York’s Yiddish Theater at MCNY

An inter­view with Ste­fanie Halpern, assis­tant cura­tor of the cur­rent exhi­bi­tion on New York’s Yid­dish The­ater at the Muse­um of the City of New York.

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Yehoash’s Scroll: A Calligraphed Megiles Ester

In hon­or of Purim, a fine cal­ligraphed scroll of Yehoash’s trans­la­tion into Yid­dish of the Book of Esther, com­plet­ed by the poet­’s daugh­ter Chava.

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