Texts & Translations

New translations into English of Yiddish language materials including poetry, stories, essays, and archival materials of all kinds. Original Yiddish texts are presented in a standardized orthography and are fully searchable.

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רב דוד

Reb Dovid

A young woman strug­gles with her rela­tion­ship to her father and to her future as an old maid” in this new trans­la­tion of Jon­ah Rosen­feld’s story. 

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די שקלאַפֿערײַ אָדער די לײַב־אייגנשאַפֿט

Slavery or Serfdom

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

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חנניה, מישאל ועזריה בתוך כּבֿשן־האש

Ḥananiah, Mishael and Azariah in the Fiery Furnace (The Daniel-Shpil)

A new trans­la­tion of a purim-shpil per­formed by the Bobover Hasidim in New York in 1987 with audio and pho­tographs of the per­for­mance offers a unique glimpse into con­tem­po­rary hasidic culture. 

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Indecent Language, Sex, and Censorship in Literature

Pre­vi­ous­ly unpub­lished trans­la­tions of two essays by Bashe­vis on cen­sor­ship of lit­er­a­ture, pre­sent­ed in a new edit­ed ver­sion by David Stromberg. 

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ביאַליקס שיך

Bialik's Shoes

If Ḥayy­im Naḥ­man Bia­lik had left his slip­pers in your house, would you give them back? Read how Sholem Ale­ichem han­dled this problem. 

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ייִדן און ייִדיש

Essays on Yiddishism

Best known for his call to found a uni­ver­si­ty-lev­el insti­tu­tion devot­ed to Ashke­naz­ic cul­ture, which helped to lead to the found­ing of YIVO, Nokhem Shtif devel­ops his argu­ments for Yid­dishism in these excerpts from his 1920 work, Yid­dish and the Jews.” 

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די ייִדיש־אַנאַרכיסטישע באַוועגונג אין אַמעריקע

The Jewish Anarchist Movement in America

This chap­ter from Joseph Cohen’s mem­oir offers a rare glimpse into the Amer­i­can Jew­ish Anar­chist cir­cles of the ear­ly twen­ti­eth century.

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סיביר

Siberia

Sutzkev­er’s cycle of poems about his child­hood years spent in Siberia: In the light-dark snowed-under / vil­lage of my child­hood in Siberia / blos­soms bloom from shad­ows’ eyes— / count­less quick­sil­ver blossoms…”

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מידת־הדין

Harsh Judgment

Mides hadin (1929) is one of David Bergelson’s most inno­v­a­tive and exper­i­men­tal works. An aura of mys­tery infus­es the open­ing chap­ter: three rid­ers go out on an evening patrol that seems more like dream than reality.

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אַ לוויה אין רעגן

A Funeral in the Rain

A prose poem from Abra­ham Sutzkev­er’s 1975 vol­ume Green Aquar­i­um. A man with a heavy bag on his back approach­es a dark city in a rainstorm…” 

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