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

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

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"

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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In Search of “Berlin Grandfathers”: An Interview with Arndt Beck and Ella Ponizovsky-Bergelson

Eka­te­ri­na Kuznetso­va inter­views artists Arndt Beck and Ella Poni­zovsky-Bergel­son about their recent exhi­bi­tion of Yid­dish-relat­ed works in Berlin, Di far­bloyte fed­er | Berlin­er zeydes.”

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Briv funem Arkhiv: Letter from Sylvia Schneiderman to Itche Goldberg

Josie Naron gives us a glimpse into the pres­sures felt by the chil­dren of Jew­ish left­ists tar­get­ed by McCarthy­ism and the role of Yid­dish sum­mer camps at the height of the Red Scare.

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Your Guide to Yiddish and In geveb at the 2019 AJS Conference

Check out the dozens of pan­els and pre­sen­ta­tions involv­ing Yid­dish at this year’s Asso­ci­a­tion for Jew­ish Stud­ies Annu­al Conference.

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