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

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Another 'Tradition Omission': Reconsidering Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish

Fid­dlers Yid­dish trans­la­tion mer­its dis­cus­sion in The New York Times, not as his­to­ry or metaphor, but as a win­dow into how Jews tell sto­ries about themselves. 

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Jewish Victims, Jewish Virtue, but Not Much Jewish History: A Review of The Argentinian Prostitute Play

Tova Ben­jamin reviews The Argen­tin­ian Pros­ti­tute Play, a new play by Reuven Glez­er staged as part of the 2019 Broad­way Bound The­atre Festival. 

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Call for Papers: Murder, Lust, and Laughter, or, Shund Theatre

We are seek­ing sub­mis­sions for a spe­cial issue on Yid­dish pop­u­lar theater.

Interview

Acting Like a Jewish Witch: An Interview with The Sorceress Star Mikhl Yashinsky

Mikhl Yashin­sky dis­cuss­es his star­ring role as Bobe Yakhne in the Folks­bi­ene pro­duc­tion of The Sor­cer­ess, fea­tur­ing an In geveb first — a Yid­dish drag per­for­mance record­ed just for our lucky readers!

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Community, Continuity, and Celebration: Kids and Yiddish Then and Now

Avram Mlotek shares the per­son­al, fam­i­ly, and artis­tic roots of the Folks­bi­ene’s online pan­dem­ic-era Kids and Yid­dish reunion show this spring.

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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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A Night at the (Yiddish) Opera: Bas Sheve’s North American Premiere

As the bian­nu­al Ashke­naz fes­ti­val kicked off, so did the North Amer­i­can Pre­mière of Bas Sheve, a Yid­dish opera, on August 312022.

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An ovnt bay Littmans: A Night at Detroit’s Historical Yiddish Theater

Detroit’s Yid­dish the­ater, despite its dis­tance from the cen­ter of Amer­i­can Yid­dish cul­ture in New York, was home to big per­son­al­i­ties and big­ger stars.

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אָנקומען /Arrived/Przybyli: Searching for Love and Home in a Street Performance

Spanish/​Lithuanian artists Adri­an Schvarzstein and Jūratė Širvytė-Rukštelė deliv­ered an inter­ac­tive, dynam­ic, word­less per­for­mance, titled אָנקומען /​Arrived/​Przybyli in the Kraków Street The­atre Festival. 

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Review of The Gospel According to Chaim by Mikhl Yashinsky

Eyshe Beirich reviews Mikhl Yashin­sky’s orig­i­nal Yid­dish play Di psure loyt khay­im.

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