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

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Zvee Scooler der Grammeister’s Ruminations on Nothing at All

Jonathan Boyarin guides us through Zvee Scool­er’s mas­ter­piece mono­logue Gor­nisht.”

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Language and Trust in a Perilous Time: Translating COVID-19 Public Health Information into Yiddish in Hasidic Communities

Rhona Sei­del­man inter­views the researchers of the Uni­ver­si­ty Col­lege Lon­don Con­tem­po­rary Hasidic Yid­dish Project about their pub­lic health trans­la­tion work dur­ing the ear­ly stages of COVID-19 pandemic.

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Ten Things That Lead to Mixed Dancing in Yiddish Literature

A tour through the more sur­pris­ing moments of mixed danc­ing in Yid­dish lit­er­a­ture, from danc­ing with the dead to danc­ing with a pickle.

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The Latest in Yiddish Studies in English: 2020

The lat­est install­ment of our annu­al effort to gath­er togeth­er the lat­est pub­li­ca­tions rel­e­vant to Yid­dish Stud­ies in English.

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Speaking Through Shylock's Lips: The Merchant of Venice on The Yiddish Stage

Eve Romm traces the many approach­es to resolv­ing the prob­lem of Shy­lock on the Yid­dish stage, from apolo­get­ics to heroism.

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The Continent: Thoughts Toward the Space of Contemporary Yiddishism

Edit­ing col­lect­ed vol­umes of Yid­dish writ­ing dur­ing WWII, Melekh Rav­itsh and Moyshe Rosen­berg imag­ined a forum for the exchange of infor­ma­tion, research, and ideas with the goal of devel­op­ing strong ties between Jew­ish com­mu­ni­ties through­out the Amer­i­can continents.


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Briv funem arkhiv: Bundist Liebmann Hersch Visits Palestine

From the col­lec­tions of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Capetown, recent­ly dam­aged by fire, an impor­tant doc­u­ment of Bundist his­to­ry and a reminder of the glob­al breadth — and pre­car­i­ty — of Yid­dish archives.

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Savoring Honey on the Page: An interview with Illustrator Paula Cohen

Mar­garet Froth­ing­ham and Paula Cohen dis­cuss fire trucks, folk­tales, and oth­er con­sid­er­a­tions in Cohen’s illus­tra­tions for this new trea­sury of Yid­dish chil­dren’s stories.

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Hasidic Songs about Coronavirus: A Wonderful Voice of Renewal / חסידישע קאראנע-לידער א וואונדערליכע שטימע פון חידוש

The phe­nom­e­non of Coro­na songs in the frum world shows us that some­thing quite new is hap­pen­ing with regard to Hasidic music.

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To open up a theme and make some inroads into it: An Interview with Gennady Estraikh and Mikhail Krutikov about the Studies in Yiddish Legenda Book Series

Ayelet Brinn dis­cuss­es Pro­fes­sors Gen­nady Estraikh’s and Mikhail Kru­tikov’s long-run­ning series, Stud­ies in Yid­dish, for Leg­en­da, and the changes they’ve seen in aca­d­e­m­ic pub­lish­ing and Yid­dish stud­ies over the course of the past twen­ty years.

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