Texts & Translations

New translations into English of Yiddish language materials including poetry, stories, essays, and archival materials of all kinds. Original Yiddish texts are presented in a standardized orthography and are fully searchable.

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אַ קאַפּיטל כעלמער געשיכטע

The Rise and Fall of King Vaizatha of Chelm or How Chelm Remained Penniless

A pre­vi­ous­ly untrans­lat­ed Chelm sto­ry from Isaac Bashe­vis Singer on the leg­endary king of Chelm.

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די „פּאָליטישע עקאָנאָמיע“ פֿון כעלם

The Political Economy of Chelm

A pre­vi­ous­ly untrans­lat­ed Chelm sto­ry from Isaac Bashe­vis Singer, a humoris­tic explo­ration of exper­i­men­tal eco­nom­ic sys­tems in the leg­endary city of fools.

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Two Chelm Stories: Translator's Introduction

Intro­duc­to­ry essay to Isaac Bashe­vis Singer’s Chelm Stories.

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בעטהאָװענס לבֿנה־סאָנאַטע

Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata

A children’s tale, writ­ten by Shloyme Bas­tom­s­ki and telling the fic­tion­al­ized ori­gin sto­ry of Beethoven’s Moon­light Sonata

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War Poems

Two poems by Yoy­sef Kerler

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אורי צבֿי פֿאַרן צלם

Uri Zvi Before the Cross

A new trans­la­tion of Uri Zvi Grin­berg’s provoca­tive exper­i­men­tal typo­graph­ic poem, first pub­lished in his lit­er­ary jour­nal Alba­tros.

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צוויי לידער

Two Poems

Two poems by Miryam Uli­nover, trans­lat­ed by Mindy Liberman.

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דרײַ לידער

Three Poems

Three poems by Sarah Reisen. 

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The Yiddish Life of Chaim Soutine (1893-1943): New Materials

A selec­tion of short texts shed­ding light on the biog­ra­phy of artist Chaim Sou­tine, trans­lat­ed and with an intro­duc­to­ry essay by Ofer Dynes.

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באַגעגעניש מיט מרדכי געבירטיג

At Home with Mordecai Gebirtig

An extract from Rach­mil Bryks’ mem­oir The Fugi­tives (New York, 1975)

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