Special Issue

Race in America, af yidish

A col­lec­tion of trans­la­tions, arti­cles, and reflec­tions about dif­fer­ent aspects of Jew­ish encoun­ters in Yid­dish with slav­ery and race in the Unit­ed States.


Joseph Opatoshu's "Lintsheray"
Isaac Meir Dik's translation of "Uncle Tom's Cabin"

Af der shvel un in der fremd: A feuilleton on Yiddish, Race, and the American Literary Imagination

Adam Zachary Newton

Adam Zachary Newton examines the American Jewish literary impulse to claim both whiteness and alienation while identifying with Black Americans.


Beyond the Color Line: Jews, Blacks, and the American Racial Imagination

Jennifer Young

NYU Doctoral Candidate Jennifer Young explores the complicated ways in which American Jews claimed whiteness while examining and often identifying with Black American struggles.

Joseph Opatoshu's "Lintsheray"

A trans­la­tion of Opatoshu’s 1920s sto­ry about a lynch­ing in the Amer­i­can south and excerpts of two arti­cles ana­lyz­ing the rep­re­sen­ta­tion of race in the story. 

Texts & Translation


A Lynching

Joseph Opatoshu

Translation by Jessica Kirzane

The gritty, and controversial 1920s account of a lynching by Joseph Opatoshu.


Yiddish Exceptionalism: Lynching, Race, and Racism in Opatoshu’s “Lintsheray”

Marc Caplan

How can Yiddish describe the scene of a lynching of a black man? Marc Caplan examines the language strategies of Opatoshu’s “Lintsheray.”


“This is How a Generation Grows”: Lynching as a Site of Ethical Loss in Opatoshu’s “Lintsheray”

Jessica Kirzane

What can Opatoshu’s controversial story about a lynching tell us about the complex Jewish encounter with American culture and the potential loss of an ethical tradition.

Isaac Meir Dik's translation of "Uncle Tom's Cabin"

A trans­la­tion of Isaac Meir Dik’s intro­duc­tion to his trans­la­tion of Uncle Tom’s Cab­in and a teach­ing guide for this translation. 

Texts & Translation

די שקלאַפֿערײַ אָדער די לײַב־אייגנשאַפֿט

Slavery or Serfdom

Isaac Meir Dik

Translation by Eli Rosenblatt

Dik’s introduction to his 1868 translation of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin.


Teaching Guide for Dik’s “Slavery or Serfdom” (trans. Rosenblatt)

Jessica Kirzane

The first in a series of teaching guides, this one for Eli Rosenblatt’s translation of Isaac Meir Dik’s introduction to his 1868 adaptation of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852).