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

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A Meeting Place for Two Worlds: An Interview with Piotr Nazaruk and Lublin’s Grodzka Gate Center

Mag­dale­na Kozłows­ka inter­views Piotr Nazaruk about Lublin’s Grodz­ka Gate Cen­ter and the cen­ter’s new online exhib­it of mem­o­ry maps from yizkor bikher and oral his­to­ry interviews.

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Going Off Script: The Contradictory Pleasures of Unorthodox

Roni Masel pro­pos­es a failed watch­ing” of Net­flix’s new series Unortho­dox that side­steps ques­tions of authen­tic­i­ty in rep­re­sen­ta­tion and instead gen­er­ates what we could call queer plea­sure or OTD pleasure.”

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On Learning Yiddish in a Pandemic

Faith Hillis reflects on build­ing dig­i­tal Yid­dish com­mu­ni­ty amid the COVID-19 pan­dem­ic and the Black Lives Mat­ter protests.

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Voices from Black Lives Matter Protests: קולות פֿון בלעק לײַװס מעטער פּראָטעסטן

Bilin­gual reflec­tions com­piled by Zackary Sholem Berg­er and authored by Berg­er, Sara Feld­man, and Antho­ny Rus­sell, Jew­ish activists who took part in recent Black Lives Mat­ter protests.

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In eynem’s Communicative Approach to Yiddish Pedagogy: An Interview with Asya Vaisman Schulman

Mey­er Wein­shel and Asya Vais­man Schul­man speak about devel­op­ing Vais­man Schul­man’s new Yid­dish text­book, In eynem, com­ing from the Yid­dish Book Cen­ter this summer.

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Endangered and Emerging Jewish Languages: An Interview with Sarah Bunin Benor

Mari­na May­ors­ki talks with Sarah Bunin Benor about her work record­ing, pre­serv­ing, and teach­ing about Jew­ish languages.

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Dora Schulner's Last Notebook

Hes­kes explores the con­tents of a slim, blue-leathered note­book he found in his par­ents’ garage. The note­book belonged to his grandmother’s moth­er, the Yid­dish writer Dora Schulner.

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Briv funem arkhiv: A Memoir in Four Acts: Moyshe Klaynman and Survival at Treblinka

Moyshe Klayn­man’s remark­able 1943 man­u­script relates his ten-month impris­on­ment at the Tre­blin­ka II exter­mi­na­tion camp, his escape dur­ing the August 2, 1943 pris­on­er revolt, and much more. There is only one oth­er known sur­vivor source writ­ten so ear­ly, and there are no oth­er known Tre­blin­ka sur­vivor mem­oirs avail­able only in the orig­i­nal Yiddish.

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Call for Papers: Murder, Lust, and Laughter, or, Shund Theatre

We are seek­ing sub­mis­sions for a spe­cial issue on Yid­dish pop­u­lar theater.

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Briv funem Arkhiv: Yehoash Signs the Hotel Klibitsky’s Guestbook

Yid­dish poet and trans­la­tor Yehoash lived at the famous Hotel Kli­bit­sky in Rehovot for almost four months in 1914; the hotel fea­tured fre­quent­ly in his pub­lished trav­el­ogue. This note in the hotel’s guest­book, now in the city archive, marks his stay.

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