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

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Yiddish in Braille - a Mayse

A Yid­dish teacher and soft­ware engi­neer tack­les a thorny acces­si­bil­i­ty issue: how to teach a high­ly moti­vat­ed stu­dent who reads braille when no braille soft­ware in the world offers Yid­dish as one of the lan­guage options. 

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"I'm Doing my Best Here!": An Interview with Tomas Woodski on Yiddish Language Activism and Creativity

A wide-rang­ing con­ver­sa­tion about the sta­tus of Yid­dish in Swe­den, cre­at­ing new Yid­dish tele­vi­sion, pro­mot­ing Yid­dish, and the inter­con­nect­ed world of Yid­dish cul­tur­al activists.

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Translating Jewish Multilingualism

Trans­la­tion into Eng­lish adds anoth­er lay­er to the inter­twined lega­cy of trans­la­tion and migra­tion in the works pre­sent­ed in this recent volume.

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Family Photos: A Yiddishist Looks at Mischpoche

What Andreas Mühe’s Mis­ch­poche beck­ons is a Yid­dish kvetsh—some­one to squeeze the term, pinch and press it, artic­u­late where the stress should fall.

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Race Uprooted: Foreign Observation, American Racism, and Yiddish Journalism through I.J. Singer’s 1932 “Harlem Cabaret”

In What I.J. Singer Saw in the Black Cabarets in Harlem” (1932), Singer offers an intri­cate — and often high­ly unset­tling and, at times, overt­ly racist — glimpse into how east­ern Euro­pean Jews imag­ined Black peo­ple and Black­ness” in America. 

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2023, the “Year of Chava Rosenfarb” in Lodz

A future beyond any­thing Rosen­farb dared to imag­ine is now present, and it exists along­side the painful past. 

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Briv funem arkhiv: Mojzesz Frostig, saved from the trash heap of history

This col­lec­tion — the inti­mate let­ters and a diary of an ear­ly twen­ti­eth cen­tu­ry Zion­ist politi­cian— was saved from obliv­ion by chance, found in a pile of trash in Israel. Through var­i­ous inter­me­di­aries, the col­lec­tion then end­ed up at the POLIN Muse­um of the His­to­ry of Pol­ish Jews in Warsaw.

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Yiddish and the Jewish Voice in The Zone of Interest

Whether or not The Zone of Inter­est is a good film does not hinge on the usage of a minute-long melody. But I do believe its employ­ment tells us the film was impec­ca­bly researched by a Jew­ish direc­tor with a clear vision for who ought to say what, and when.

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New Inspirations for Jewish Music: A Review of the Concert Inaugurating this Year's POLIN Music Festival

The POLIN Music Fes­ti­val is an event ded­i­cat­ed to the broad spec­trum of Jew­ish music. This year, the con­cert inau­gu­rat­ing the 6th edi­tion of the fes­ti­val took place on Feb­ru­ary 23rd at the POLIN Auditorium.

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Review of Isaac Bashevis Singer's play "Enemies: A Love Story" at Lviv Theater

Bashe­vis Singer’s play takes on new mean­ing and rel­e­vance for Ukrain­ian audiences.

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