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

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The Scholar and the Bookmaker: On Encountering the Material Side of Things

Barbara Mann

Mann discusses the knowledge she gained through a hands-on encounter with the materials of print while creating her artist’s book “Things/Zachen/Devarim.

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Yehoash’s Scroll: A Calligraphed Megiles Ester

Shifra Epstein

In honor of Purim, a fine calligraphed scroll of Yehoash’s translation into Yiddish of the Book of Esther, completed by the poet’s daughter Chava.

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A Hasid Turns Modern: A YIVO Autobiography, Conclusion

Rose Waldman

The fifth and final post in an investigation of an autobiography found in the YIVO archives from 1930s Poland: why do we need to read these autobiographies today?

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A Hasid Turns Modern: A YIVO Autobiography, Part 4

Rose Waldman

The fourth in a series of five posts about an autobiography found in the YIVO archives from 1930s Poland: suicide and the modern library of a maskil.

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A Hasid Turns Modern: A YIVO Autobiography, Part 3

Rose Waldman

The third in a series of five posts about an autobiography found in the YIVO archives from 1930s Poland: the cheder years!

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A Hasid Turns Modern: A YIVO Autobiography, Part 2

Rose Waldman

The second in a series of posts about an autobiography found in the YIVO archives from 1930s Poland: RJ’s hatred of women but love for the hasidic tale!

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A Hasid Turns Modern: A YIVO Autobiography, Part 1

Rose Waldman

The first in a series of posts about an autobiography found in the YIVO archives from 1930s Poland.

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Best Dressed Yiddish Women Cultural Figures

Diana Clarke

Iconic hats of Yiddish poetry, plus the labor of creating a look!

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A New Year, a New shifskarte

Shifra Epstein

A look at an example of the famed Yiddish new years cards. This one is a “good year ship ticket,” granting the receiver “120 free yearly round-trips for himself and his family.”

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Best Dressed Male Yiddish Cultural Figures

Saul Noam Zaritt

What the ascot can teach us about Yiddish cultural history.

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