Joshua Meyers

Harvard University

Joshua Meyers is a Harry Starr Fellow in Judaica at Harvard University researching the history of modern Jewish politics in Eastern Europe, the intersections between radical politics and nationalism, and the role of ideas in the political arena. He is currently working on a book about the Jewish Labor Bund in the Russian Revolution. @DrJoshMeyers1



The Bund by the Numbers: The Ebbs and Flows of a Jewish Radical Party

Joshua Meyers

The Jewish Labor Bund was a major force in Russian Jewish life, expanding the political arena to be more democratic in nature and driving the creation of a new political and economic discourse in Yiddish. So I was shocked to learn that in 1910, the Bund had a mere 609 members—down from approximately 35,000 five years earlier. The speed with which the Bund and other Jewish political parties in the Russian Empire could rise, fall, and rise again reflects the pressures the community was under, resulting in both sober caution and daring, desperate dreams.

Texts & Translation

אַ ביסל קלאָרקייט און פּשטות אין דער שפּראַכן־פֿראַגע

A Bit of Clarity and Simplicity in Regard to the Language Question

Hillel Zeitlin

Translation by Joshua Meyers and Ariel Evan Mayse

Hillel Zeitlin’s 1924 article on the language question presenting a novel perspective: the cultivation of both Hebrew and Yiddish is necessary to ensure the continued flourishing of the Jewish people.