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

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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.

Interview

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.

Interview

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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