Essays and peer-reviewed scholarship in Yiddish Studies, an interdisciplinary field that engages all aspects of Yiddish cultural production, especially in its relationship to other cultures and languages.

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Viva Voce: Vicissitudes of the Spoken Word in Hebrew Literature

Why does the Hebrew nov­el have a prob­lem with speech? Alan Mintz on the non-dia­log­i­cal and the mono­log­i­cal in mod­ern Hebrew literature.


Critical Discourse as a Jewish Thing and Its Beginnings in the Bible

The Bib­li­cal record pro­vides a set of pow­er­ful mod­els for crit­i­cal dis­course, cre­at­ing nar­ra­tives, laws, and prophet­ic modes that empha­size the prac­tice of ver­bal critique. 


Introduction: There’s a Jewish Way of Saying Things

Rosen intro­duces There’s a Jew­ish Way of Say­ing Things: Essays In Hon­or of David Roskies by reflect­ing on how Jew­ish speech — the spo­ken word, the vibrat­ing res­o­nance of uttered sound — finds its way back into text.


Talmud Talk and Jewish Talk

What are the par­al­lels between Jew­ish con­ver­sa­tion” and Tal­mu­dic dis­course? Is there some­thing inher­ent­ly Tal­mu­dic about Jew­ish speech?


Translating As Saying

Can Mar­tin Buber and Franz Rosen­zweig’s trans­la­tion of the Hebrew Bible be con­sid­ered a form of Jew­ish speech? When and how does trans­la­tion become a Jew­ish way of talking?


The Choir and the Orchestra: Two Kinds of Divine Praise

When read togeth­er, Psalms 148 and 150 instruct the read­er to con­stant­ly shift between the uni­ver­sal and the par­tic­u­lar, between pray­ing for the wel­fare of the world and focus­ing on the peo­ple of Israel. 


Review of: Benny Mer, Smocza: A Biography of a Jewish Street in Warsaw

The his­to­ry of Smocza, a Jew­ish Street in War­saw, is not the sto­ry of the world-renowned fig­ures, but rather of every per­son who ever lived or died there, includ­ing those who are lost to our col­lec­tive memory.


Review of Seeds in the Desert by Mendel Mann, translated and with an introduction by Heather Valencia

These sto­ries take place in Israeli cities, towns, and vil­lages, in the post-war Sovi­et Union, and in Poland of the inter­war peri­od. How­ev­er, it is often very dif­fi­cult to tell where the sto­ries actu­al­ly take place, because they express an expe­ri­ence of dis­lo­ca­tion and total disorientation.


A Double Dose of Early Twentieth-Century Yiddish Talush-hood: Two New Translations by Daniel Kennedy

In new trans­la­tions by Daniel Kennedy, Hersh Dovid Nomberg’s War­saw Sto­ries (White Goat Press) and Zal­man Shneour’s A Death: Notes of a Sui­cide (Wake­field Press) can right­ful­ly be labeled clas­sic”; they reach across time and space to name an eter­nal — and unro­man­tic — facet of human experience.


The post-Holocaust Parisian “Phalanstery” of 9 rue Guy Patin and its Legacies. Review of Rachel Ertel, Mémoire du yiddish

Rachel Ertel has been one of the most pro­lif­ic trans­la­tors from Yid­dish to French. In Mémoire du yid­dish: Trans­met­tre une langue assas­s­inée [A Mem­o­ry of Yid­dish: Trans­mit­ting an Assas­si­nat­ed Lan­guage], an inter­view with the French jour­nal­ist Stéphane Bou pub­lished as a book in 2019, Rachel Ertel, who was born in July 1939, looks back chrono­log­i­cal­ly on her life’s journey.