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

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“What a ‘Medina’ is Amerikay”: Postvernacular Yiddish in Nineteenth-Century America

Shari Rabin

In mid-nineteenth century America, early use of postvernacular Yiddish helped Jews locate themselves in the culture.

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Second Avenue Meets Broadway: New York’s Yiddish Theater at MCNY

Saul Noam Zaritt

An interview with Stefanie Halpern, assistant curator of the current exhibition on New York’s Yiddish Theater at the Museum of the City of New York.

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Yiddish Counterlives, or How to Think Beyond Broadway Yiddish

Diana Clarke and Saul Noam Zaritt

When American popular culture imagines Yiddish as a language of vulgar comedy, how can Yiddish cultural activists respond?

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The Virtuoso of Loneliness: A Brief Invitation to Leyeles

Zackary Sholem Berger

Hear the voice of Yiddish poet Aaron Glantz-Leyeles as he meditates on the loneliness of the Yiddish writer while still embracing the magic of the American landscape.

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What was the kultur-tuer?

Ross Perlin

A portrait of the kultur-tuer, Moyshe Shtarkman (1906-1975), the activist engaged in the day-to-day moments that materially and intellectually make Yiddish culture.

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