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Briv funem arkhiv: “Arabs Make Peace… With the Khalutsim of Liepaja”

Idishe bilder writer Moyshele Vul­fart describes the vis­it of two Arab men from Pales­tine to a kib­butz hakhshara, a prepa­ra­tion kib­butz, in Liepa­ja, Latvia, in 1938. While it was not uncom­mon for such reports to be con­veyed by Jew­ish com­rades on return vis­its from Pales­tine, in this instance the mes­sage-bear­ers were Pales­tin­ian men pre­sum­ably on the oth­er side of the conflict.

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Your Guide to Yiddish and In geveb at the 2021 AJS Conference

Check out the pan­els and pre­sen­ta­tions involv­ing Yid­dish at this year’s Asso­ci­a­tion for Jew­ish Stud­ies Annu­al Conference.

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forshpil:tsvey: forshpil's Alternate Universe of Yiddish Rock

With an elec­tric gui­tar, dis­tor­tion, and hun­dred-year-old Yid­dish lyrics, for­sh­pil’s new album feeds the imag­i­na­tion with lib­er­a­to­ry world-building.

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Not Just Talking Heads: Yiddish and Jewish Eastern Europe in Recent Documentary Films

The mul­ti­lin­gual and inter­na­tion­al scope of this list of doc­u­men­taries pro­duced since 2015 is a tes­ta­ment to the con­tem­po­rary vibran­cy of Yid­dish cul­ture across the globe.

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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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Montage-Murals: Ella Ponizovsky Bergelson’s “Present Figures” (Berlin 2021)

This spring, Deb­o­ra Vogel’s poet­ry bloomed riotous­ly across the faces of three build­ings in Berlin. Pas­sages from the col­lec­tion Day Fig­ures (Tog-Fig­urn, 1930) appeared in Vogel’s Yid­dish and in trans­la­tions into Ger­man, Ara­bic, and Eng­lish, the let­ters of those four alpha­bets paint­ed along­side hobo hiero­glyphs, squat­ter runes, and pale­o­type. This series of cal­li­graph­ic murals is the work of Ella Poni­zovsky Bergel­son (b. 1984). 

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Herring Barrels

Dur­ing the dog days of sum­mer, lines of Vogel’s poet­ry hummed in my head, and I felt com­pelled to write back. When I start­ed writ­ing the poems below, Vogel became real to me as a char­ac­ter. The poems are writ­ten to her. They address her and beg a response.

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Yiddish Podcasts in Conversation: Vaybertaytsh and Dos Yidishe Kol

The hosts of two beloved Yid­dish pod­casts chat about how they came to cre­ate their pro­grams, with a bilin­gual transcript.

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Whither Queer Yiddishkayt?

Ali­cia Svi­gals explores queer yid­dishkayt past, present, and future.

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Be Yourself! (with a little help): Creating the First Yiddish LGBTQ Youth Guide

Jonathan Branf­man and Eli Rosen dis­cuss nav­i­gat­ing queer Yid­dish vocab­u­lary with Tal­mu­dic asso­ci­a­tions; how to make a Hasidic chil­dren’s book acces­si­ble for many oth­er Yid­dish read­ers as well; and oth­er con­sid­er­a­tions in Rosen’s trans­la­tion of Branf­man’s LGBTQ youth guide.

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