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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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.

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כּתר: פֿראַגמענטן פֿון אַ ראַפּסאָדיע

Keter: Fragments of a Rhapsody

Aaron Zeitlin

Translation by Nathan Wolski

Zeitlin’s kabbalistic poem offers a stunning, yet difficult, fusion of Yiddish expressionism and futurism on the one hand, and mystical and messianic thought on the other.

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לעצטע מעשׂים־טובֿים פֿון אַ טאָמײטע

A Tomato's Last Good Deeds

Getsl Selikovitch

Translation by Michael Shapiro

If you thought Shloyme Gilbert’s “Monologue of a Dog” was strange, wait until you read Getsl Selikovitsh’s tomato monologue.

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די גרינע עפּעלעך פֿון גן־עדן

Green Apples from the Garden of Eden

Boris Sandler

Translation by Jordan Kutzik

From Boris Sandler’s 1997 collection Toyern (Gateways): a story in which an immigrant’s reminiscences are so vivid they all but blur the border between dreams and time travel.

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צוויי לידער

Two Poems

Celia Dropkin

Translation by Shoshana Olidort

Two poems by Celia Dropkin

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משיח אין אַמעריקע

Messiah in America

Moyshe Nadir

Translation by Michael Shapiro

An exclusive extract from Moyshe Nadir’s 1932 satire, Messiah in America.

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חיים גראַװיצער (די געשיכטע פֿון דעם געפֿאַלענעם): פֿון דער חבדישער װעלט

Chaim Gravitzer (The Tale of the Downfallen One): From the World of Chabad

Fishl Schneersohn

Translation by Ri J. Turner

An extract from Fishl Schneersohn’s novel Chaim Gravitzer: The Tale of the Downfallen One From the World of Chabad.

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הונגער: אַ מאָנאָלאָג פֿון אַ הונט

Hunger: Monologue of a Dog

Shloyme Gilbert

Translation by Zuzanna Łapa and Jack Ford

Shloyme Gilbert’s tale of hardship and alienation, narrated by a dog.

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דער טױער־מאָטיװ אין דער בוך־קונסט

The Motif of the Porch

Rachel Wischnitzer

Translation by Rachelle Grossman and Saul Noam Zaritt

Milgroym editor Rachel Wischnitzer’s essay on illustrated Hebrew manuscripts

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ברוך דיין אמת

Blessed is the True Judge

Leon Kobrin

Translation by Jessica Kirzane

A short story from Leon Kobrin’s 1903 collection Geto dramen.

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