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

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Confessions of a Yiddish Writer and Other Essays: An Interview with Goldie Morgentaler

Matthew Johnson and Corbin Allardice

Matthew Johnson and Corbin Allardice talk with Goldie Morgentaler, Chava Rosenfarb’s daughter and editor and translator of a recently published collection of Rosenfarb’s essays.

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Briv funem Arkhiv: 1987 Poster Announcing Pilgrimages to Lezajsk (Lizhensk)

Shifra Epstein

Posters like this one for special events, graduations, sales of Hasidic garments, computers, new books, videos and more are still popular in the Hasidic neighborhoods of Brooklyn. However, in recent years the internet has changed the business.

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Vilner Yidishistn in Their Natural Habitat

Saulė Valiūnaitė

Saulė Valiūnaitė offers a glimpse into the storied Velfke’s restaurant, a gathering place for Yiddish writers, actors, and artists in interwar Vilne.

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Rediscovering Radical Rabbi Abraham Bick at the Site of the Former Institut far Yidisher Bildung

Hayyim Rothman

Rabbi Abraham Bick united a serious commitment to traditional Judaism with political radicalism in his short-lived New York City yeshiva, the Institut far Yidisher Bildung.

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Briv funem Arkhiv: Di Korbones fun "Vaysn Sam"

Sam Glauber-Zimra

This 1939 article and photograph in a Warsaw Yiddish weekly — depicting “a typical female cocaine addict [kokainistke] with a crazed expression in the eyes,” according to the caption — point to the spread of recreational drug use within the Jewish community and its emergence as a subject of interest in the Yiddish press.

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Announcing: Intensive Workshop on Reading Handwritten Yiddish

The Editors

In geveb is among the cosponsors of an intensive workshop for reading handwritten Yiddish to be held September 6-7, 2020 at the University of Chicago

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The 2087th Question or When Silence Is the Only Answer

Irena Klepfisz

What kind of life will there be after the Resurrection of the Dead?

I may not believe in an afterlife or in resurrections, but I do believe that cultures can be reawakened and revived in new generations.

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Briv funem Arkhiv: Letter from Itzik Manger to Sholem Asch

David Mazower

Is there a more extraordinary and self-lacerating letter in all of Yiddish literature than this airmail from its most beloved poet to its most celebrated novelist?

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On Not Understanding: Performing Yiddish Song Today

Benjy Fox-Rosen

As a composer and performer of Yiddish music, Rosen confronts the fact that most members of my audience do not understand the language of the texts he performs. Yet, while music does not communicate information in the same way as language, it can lead listeners towards specific associations and meanings. There are multiple instances in which translation, imagined or guided, takes place during a musical performance and the composer and performer mediates these processes.

Interview

Between Translation and Tradaptation: An Interview with Daniel Kahn, Berlin, January 2017

Marianne Windsperger

Maranne Windsperger interviews punkfolk artist Daniel Kahn about his approaches to transadaptation and translation.

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