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Essays, interviews, listicles, podcasts, and much more, covering all aspects of Yiddish culture.

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Briv funem Arkhiv: A Grave in the Baker Street Jewish Cemeteries

Michael Shapiro

Michael Shapiro takes us to the Worker’s Circle section of Boston’s Baker Street Jewish Cemeteries, where he encountered a moving Yiddish poem.

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Listening to Sylvia’s Children: A response to Briv funem Arkhiv: Letter from Sylvia Schneiderman to Itche Goldberg

Amye Rubinschneider

Amye Rubinschneider interviews her mother and aunt in response to Josie Naron’s blog post about a letter from their mother, Rubinschneider’s grandmother, a teacher fired during the Red Scare.

Interview

The Promise and Peril of Digital Research in Yiddish: An Interview with Gerben Zaagsma

Elena Hoffenberg

Elena Hoffernberg interviews Gerben Zaagsma about his path to studying Yiddish in the Spanish Civil War; the potency and the frustrations of digital research; and the future of digital studies and Yiddish.

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Briv funem Arkhiv: The Eiffel Tower Heads to the Suburbs

Nick Underwood

On this 1933 flyer for a Kultur-lige pariz event, a walking, talking Eiffel Tower exclaims, “All of Paris is going to the Kultur-lige’s excursion to Garches, and you want me to stay here?

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Asch Remembered: Sholem Asch Hoyz in Bat Yam

Yaakov Herskovitz

Sholem Asch’s arrival at the small house at 50 Arlozorov Street in the coastal town of Bat Yam, near Tel Aviv, was to be his final move in over two decades of travels. Six decades later, the house has been carefully restored and reopened as a museum.

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Inside the Yiddish Folk Song: An Interview with Mark Slobin

Ari Kelman

Ari Kelman talks with Mark Slobin about Inside the Yiddish Folk Song, a new website project currently under construction, which aims to be an accessible, comprehensive online introduction to the full complexity of the Yiddish folk song tradition.

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The Latest Yiddish Translations, 2019

Daniel Kennedy

A roundup of translations published in 2019.

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The YIVO Layoffs and the State of the Field: A Roundup of Perspectives and Call for Submissions

The Editors

We are interested in pieces that place the recent events at YIVO in the context of discipline-wide trends, historical, economic, scholarly and otherwise, and that help us think through the broader forces that produced this moment and its possible ramifications.

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Asch’s Kutno: Celebrating An Author’s Life and Culture in His Hometown

Gabe Miner

Every two years, the town of Kutno, Poland hosts the Sholem Asch Festival, which organizers describe as an “event connecting the past with the present of Kutno, once a Polish-Jewish town in which Jews constituted over 70% of the population in the 19th century.”

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Briv funem Arkhiv: An Appeal From Buczacz, 1935

Maurice Wolfthal

In 1935, New York’s Buczacz-American Benevolent Sick and Aid Society received this appeal—in Yiddish and Polish— from the Jewish Relief Committee in Buczacz, Poland. One of the signatories was my grandfather, Moses Wolfthal.

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