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

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Briv funem Arkhiv: The Eiffel Tower Heads to the Suburbs

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

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 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

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

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

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

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 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)

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 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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