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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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Sholem Aleichem's Stempenyu: Speaking through Song

How does one write about romance in Yid­dish? Sholem Aleichem’s 1888 nov­el Stem­penyu pos­es this ques­tion through an exam­i­na­tion of the gen­dered lim­i­ta­tions on Jew­ish lit­er­ary love.

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Badkhones in Life and Cinema: A Reading of the Marshalik in the 1937 Dybbuk Film

The wed­ding bard of The Dyb­buk is a para­dox­i­cal fig­ure: a pro­fes­sion­al out­sider who speaks into being the lay­ered com­plex­i­ty of S. An-ski’s artis­tic project.

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Hertz Grosbard’s Jewspeak: The Lost Art of Word Concerts

Hertz Gros­bard’s word con­certs” were an embod­i­ment of Jew­speak,” per­for­mances that sought to give life to the Yid­dish lit­er­ary tradition.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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Talmud Talk and Jewish Talk

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

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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?

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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. 

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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.

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