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Body of Language, Transforming the Language and Culture Archive of Ashkenazic Jewry: An Interview between David Shneer, Rob Adler Peckerar and Alexx Shilling

David Shneer inter­views Rob Adler Peck­er­ar and Alexx Shilling about their project to bring embod­ied artis­tic inter­pre­ta­tion to bear on a lin­guis­tic archive. 

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Translating the Holocaust

Jon­ah Boyarin explores the process of his trans­la­tion of Mord­khe Wolfshaut-Dinkes’s holo­caust mem­oir, Check­mate: The Mir­a­cle of My Life.

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The Tsene-rene: In Search of a Seventeenth-Century Yiddish Bible in Modern-Day Jerusalem

Avi Blitz dis­cuss­es the pop­u­lar­i­ty and gen­der-inflect­ed atti­tude toward the Tsene-rene in Hare­di com­mu­ni­ties in con­tem­po­rary Israel.

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Yale Strom's Striking Vision: A Review of Shimmering Lights for All Seasons

Shim­mer­ing Lights by Yale Strom’s Bro­ken Con­sort is joy­ful lis­ten­ing that cuts through the dark­ness at any time of year. 

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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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A Tale of Two Translators: Yehoash and Alter Take on the Tanakh

The recent pub­li­ca­tion of Robert Alter’s long-await­ed com­plete trans­la­tion of the entire Hebrew Bible into Eng­lish is a en enor­mous achieve­ment. But Alter is not the first to tack­le this mon­u­men­tal project; almost a cen­tu­ry ear­li­er, Solomon Bloom­garten — bet­ter known by his pen name, Yehoash — pro­duced a land­mark trans­la­tion of the same text into Yiddish. 

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The Scholar and the Bookmaker: On Encountering the Material Side of Things

Mann dis­cuss­es the knowl­edge she gained through a hands-on encounter with the mate­ri­als of print while cre­at­ing her artist’s book Things/​Zachen/​Devarim.

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