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To open up a theme and make some inroads into it: An Interview with Gennady Estraikh and Mikhail Krutikov about the Studies in Yiddish Legenda Book Series

Ayelet Brinn dis­cuss­es Pro­fes­sors Gen­nady Estraikh’s and Mikhail Kru­tikov’s long-run­ning series, Stud­ies in Yid­dish, for Leg­en­da, and the changes they’ve seen in aca­d­e­m­ic pub­lish­ing and Yid­dish stud­ies over the course of the past twen­ty years.

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Freidus, Borokhov, and the Café Royal

Bak­er explores the career of Abra­ham S. Frei­dus, a reclu­sive, pio­neer­ing, and Yid­dish-the­ater-lov­ing Judaica librar­i­an. His research reveals the tight nexus that exist­ed a cen­tu­ry ago between a small coterie of East­ern Euro­pean-born Judaica librar­i­ans in the Unit­ed States; their phil­an­thropic patrons of Cen­tral Euro­pean back­ground; and the large­ly male, Yid­dish-speak­ing read­ers who fre­quent­ed the impor­tant Jew­ish libraries of that era. 

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Asch Wednesday at the White House

On Wednes­day, Feb­ru­ary 26, Pres­i­dent Joseph R. Biden announced in a press brief­ing that he will be host­ing Asch Wednes­day 2022 at the White House.

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From Glitches to Gold: Innovative Pedagogy in the Virtual Classroom

Tech­nol­o­gy glitch­es and COVID-era dif­fi­cul­ties are oppor­tu­ni­ties to be cre­ative and think on our toes.

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The Fully Authentic Final Exam for Elementary Yiddish I

An inno­v­a­tive series of authen­tic real-world speak­ing and writ­ing prompts for stu­dents fin­ish­ing their first semes­ter of Yiddish.

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Briv funem Arkhiv: A Peek Inside Our Inbox

While we usu­al­ly con­ceive of the archive as a place to learn about the past, today we’re look­ing at a repos­i­to­ry that can tell us about the place of Yid­dish in today’s world full of rapid dig­i­tal com­mu­ni­ca­tion… and spam.

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Briv funem Arkhiv: Uriel Weinreich’s Valentine’s Card to his Future Wife, Bina Silverman

In time for Valen­tine’s Day 2021, James Nadel intro­duces us to Uriel Wein­re­ich’s 1948 bilin­gual, mul­ti-page, anti-Valen­tine’s-Day valen­tine to his future wife, Bina Silverman.

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Songs to Make It Better: A Review of the Third and Fourth Unternationals by Daniel Kahn and Psoy Korolenko

Uri Schreter reviews two new albums from Daniel Kahn and Psoy Korolenko.

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