Ber Kotlerman

Ber Kotlerman is Professor at the Department of Literature of the Jewish People and Director of the Rena Costa Center for Yiddish Studies, Bar Ilan University, Israel. He also holds the Sznajderman Chair in Yiddish Culture and Hasidism. He is the author of a number of monographs in the field of Yiddish culture, among them Broken Heart / Broken Wholeness: The Post-Holocaust Plea for Jewish Reconstruction of the Soviet Yiddish Writer Der Nister (Academic Studies Press, 2017) and Disenchanted Tailor in 'Illusion': Sholem Aleichem behind the Scenes of Early Jewish Cinema, 1913-16 (Slavica Publishers, 2014), as well as four fiction books in Yiddish: Koydervelsh (Lund, 2023), Samoyed (Buenos Aires, 2022), Di opgeshtoysene (New York, 2019), and Der sod fun vayse bern (Tel Aviv, 2017). Among his literary awards are the Canadian Dr. Hirsch and Deborah Rosenfeld Award for Yiddish and Hebrew Literature and the American Jewish Press Association's Simon Rockower Award.


Texts & Translation

New Yiddish Poetry from the Israel-Gaza War

Zackary Sholem Berger, Tal Hever-Chybowski, Eli Sharfstein, Miriam Trinh, Refaat Alareer and Ber Kotlerman

Translation by Zackary Sholem Berger, A. Z. Foreman, David Forman, Jessica Kirzane and A. C. Weaver

A collection of recent Yiddish poetry published and performed in the wake of the war. 

Texts & Translation

וְהָיָה הָעולָם

New Creation

Ber Kotlerman

Translation by Jessica Kirzane

A new Yiddish poem by Ber Kotlerman, composed on Motsei Simchat Torah 5784, and translated by Jessica Kirzane.