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Briv funem Arkhiv: A Grave in the Baker Street Jewish Cemeteries

Michael Shapiro takes us to the Work­er’s Cir­cle sec­tion of Boston’s Bak­er Street Jew­ish Ceme­ter­ies, where he encoun­tered a mov­ing Yid­dish poem.

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Listening to Sylvia’s Children: A response to Briv funem Arkhiv: Letter from Sylvia Schneiderman to Itche Goldberg

Amye Rubin­schnei­der inter­views her moth­er and aunt in response to Josie Naron’s blog post about a let­ter from their moth­er, Rubin­schnei­der’s grand­moth­er, a teacher fired dur­ing the Red Scare.

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The Promise and Peril of Digital Research in Yiddish: An Interview with Gerben Zaagsma

Ele­na Hof­fern­berg inter­views Ger­ben Zaags­ma about his path to study­ing Yid­dish in the Span­ish Civ­il War; the poten­cy and the frus­tra­tions of dig­i­tal research; and the future of dig­i­tal stud­ies and Yiddish.

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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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