forshpil:tsvey: forshpil’s Alternate Universe of Yiddish Rock
With an electric guitar, distortion, and hundred-year-old Yiddish lyrics, forshpil’s new album feeds the imagination with liberatory world-building.
Nov 14, 2021
Your Guide to Yiddish and In geveb at the 2021 AJS Conference
Check out the panels and presentations involving Yiddish at this year’s Association for Jewish Studies Annual Conference.
Nov 16, 2021
Briv funem arkhiv: “Arabs Make Peace… With the Khalutsim of Liepaja”
Idishe bilder writer Moyshele Vulfart describes the visit of two Arab men from Palestine to a kibbutz hakhshara, a preparation kibbutz, in Liepaja, Latvia, in 1938. While it was not uncommon for such reports to be conveyed by Jewish comrades on return visits from Palestine, in this instance the message-bearers were Palestinian men presumably on the other side of the conflict.
Nov 22, 2021
Not Just Talking Heads: Yiddish and Jewish Eastern Europe in Recent Documentary Films
The multilingual and international scope of this list of documentaries produced since 2015 is a testament to the contemporary vibrancy of Yiddish culture across the globe.
Nov 08, 2021
IkhOykh: Workplace Harassment and Yiddish Literature
Sonia Gollance and Jessica Kirzane
Yiddish literature abounds with #MeToo moments — representations of sexual exploitation and misconduct. If our list here, which is by no means complete or exhaustive, uncovered so many troubling scenes, how many more of these scenes unsettle Yiddish literature as a whole? And what does the proliferation of such scenes tell us about the role these dynamics played in the lives of Yiddish speakers –– what they expected from, feared, or experienced in the workplace?
Nov 02, 2021
Teaching Guide for Leon Kobrin’s “Blessed is the True Judge”
This teaching guide for Leon Kobrin’s short story “Blessed is the True Judge” offers brainstorming ideas, discussion questions, and essay prompts for high school and college class rooms.
Oct 28, 2021
Walking with Vogel: New Perspectives on Debora Vogel
Anna Elena Torres, Kathryn Hellerstein and Anastasiya Lyubas
This special issue invites you to walk with Debora Vogel as she maps the spaces of Jewish life through avant-garde forms. We bring together new perspectives on Vogel through poetry, visual art, translation, and scholarship, all in an attempt to follow the many lines of creative and critical inquiry that emerge from Vogel’s work.
Oct 26, 2021
Texts & Translation
Erasing the Written, Rewriting the Erased: A Fragmented and Imperfect Tribute to Vogel
Zackary Sholem Berger
Zackary Sholem Berger renders two poems by Vogel anew via the poetic method of translation-erasure, revealing through distortion the contours that lead from language to language across the decades.
Oct 26, 2021
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