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

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Di Fester Shvester review Got fun nekome (God of Vengeance)

Just in time for the new spring run, a review of the New Yid­dish Rep’s pro­duc­tion of Sholem Asch’s (in)famous play. 

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Making Sense of Squiggles: Teaching and Learning Yiddish Stenography

The invis­i­ble labor, and lib­er­a­tion, of a short­hand for Yiddish. 

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The Tsene-rene: In Search of a Seventeenth-Century Yiddish Bible in Modern-Day Jerusalem

Avi Blitz dis­cuss­es the pop­u­lar­i­ty and gen­der-inflect­ed atti­tude toward the Tsene-rene in Hare­di com­mu­ni­ties in con­tem­po­rary Israel.

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“Tear Up The Harsh Decrees”: Reflections on Tkhines for the High Holidays

Eve Romm looks to tkhines — Yid­dish women’s devo­tion­al lit­er­a­ture — for High Hol­i­days prayers that feel earnest, ten­der, and rich­ly human.”

Interview

Confessions of a Yiddish Writer and Other Essays: An Interview with Goldie Morgentaler

Matthew John­son and Corbin Allardice talk with Goldie Mor­gen­taler, Cha­va Rosenfarb’s daugh­ter and edi­tor and trans­la­tor of a recent­ly pub­lished col­lec­tion of Rosen­far­b’s essays. 

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IkhOykh: Workplace Harassment and Yiddish Literature

Yid­dish lit­er­a­ture abounds with #MeToo moments — rep­re­sen­ta­tions of sex­u­al exploita­tion and mis­con­duct. If our list here, which is by no means com­plete or exhaus­tive, uncov­ered so many trou­bling scenes, how many more of these scenes unset­tle Yid­dish lit­er­a­ture as a whole? And what does the pro­lif­er­a­tion of such scenes tell us about the role these dynam­ics played in the lives of Yid­dish speak­ers –– what they expect­ed from, feared, or expe­ri­enced in the workplace?

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