Shachar Pinsker

University of Michigan

Shachar Pinsker is a Professor of Judaic Studies and Middle East Studies at the University of Michigan. He held visiting professor positions at Harvard, Tel Aviv, Ben Gurion, and the Hebrew University. Pinsker is the author of two award-winning books: Literary Passports: The Making of Modernist Hebrew Fiction in Europe (Stanford University Press, 2011), and A Rich Brew: How Cafés Created Modern Jewish Culture (NYU Press, 2018). He is the editor and co-editor of Hebrew, Gender, and Modernity (University of Maryland Press, 2007), Women’s Hebrew Poetry on American Shores (Wayne State University Press, 2016), and Where the Sky and the Sea Meet: Israeli Yiddish Stories (Magnes Press, forthcoming). He is currently writing a book on Yiddish in Israeli literature, and co-directing the NEH supported research project: The Feuilleton, the Public Sphere, and Modern Jewish Cultures.



Review of Seeds in the Desert by Mendel Mann, translated and with an introduction by Heather Valencia

Shachar Pinsker

These stories take place in Israeli cities, towns, and villages, in the post-war Soviet Union, and in Poland of the interwar period. However, it is often very difficult to tell where the stories actually take place, because they express an experience of dislocation and total disorientation.


Translingualism Today: A Review of Naomi Brenner’s Lingering Bilingualism

Shachar Pinsker and Yaakov Herskovitz

Naomi Brenner’s new book complicates the story of the Hebrew-Yiddish “language wars” and argues that Jewish translingualism continues well into the 20th century. 


How to Build Bridges to People? Benjamin Harshav and Yiddish

Shachar Pinsker

An essay on the late Benjamin Harshav, one of the most important literary scholars of the last decades, and how in his work Yiddish served as a bridge between Europe, Israel, and North America, between poetry, translation, and scholarship.