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.

Text & Translation

דער פֿערציקיעריקער מאַן

The Forty-Year-Old Man

Peretz Markish

Translation by Rose Waldman

New translations of four sections from Markish’s book-length modernist poem.

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בינטשע די צדקתטע אָדער די אײַנגעפֿאַלענע באָד

Bintshe the Tsadeykeste or The Demolished Bathhouse

Jacob Morgenstern

Translation by Myra Mniewski

A new translation of a nineteenth century chapbook detailing the comic adventures of a woman named Bintshe and her mission to save a dilapidated bathhouse.

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אַ בריוו צו בני־יבֿנה

A Letter to the Members of Yavneh

Hillel Zeitlin

Translation by Arthur Green and Ariel Evan Mayse

Translations of two letters by Zeitlin about Yavneh, one in Yiddish from 1925 and one in Aramaic from 1928.

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וואָס איז יבֿנה?

What is Yavneh?

Hillel Zeitlin

Translation by Arthur Green and Ariel Evan Mayse

A newly discovered, undated manuscript signed by Hillel Zeitlin, in which he describes succinctly and clearly the nature of Yavneh and its intended function.

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געבאָטן פֿאַר יעדן עכטן אָנהענגער פֿון „יבֿנה“

Admonitions for Every True Member of Yavneh

Hillel Zeitlin

Translation by Arthur Green and Ariel Evan Mayse

An excerpt from a privately published pamphlet called Di teyve (די תּבֿה) that appeared in 1924, which outlined the goals and principles of the Yavneh group.

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(וואָס וויל יבֿנה? (דיאַלאָג

What Does Yavneh Want? (A Dialogue)

Hillel Zeitlin

Translation by Arthur Green and Ariel Evan Mayse

An excerpt from a privately published pamphlet called Di teyve (די תּבֿה) that appeared in 1924, which outlined the goals and principles of the Yavneh group.

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צו אַלע די, וואָס ווילן בויען „יבֿנה“

To All Those Who Want to Build Yavneh (Part 2)

Hillel Zeitlin

Translation by Arthur Green , Ariel Evan Mayse and Ri J. Turner

The following essay details the proposed concrete steps for the formation of Yavneh, a movement for the spiritual regeneration of Judaism and world Jewry, published in Der moment in 1923.

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“צו אַלע די, וואָס ווילן בויען „יבֿנה

To All Those Who Want to Build Yavneh (Part 1)

Hillel Zeitlin

Translation by Arthur Green , Ariel Evan Mayse and Ri J. Turner

The following essay details the proposed concrete steps for the formation of Yavneh, a movement for the spiritual regeneration of Judaism and world Jewry, published in Der moment in 1923.

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גרויסער רוף פֿון דער שעה

The Great Call of the Hour (Part 3)

Hillel Zeitlin

Translation by Arthur Green , Ariel Evan Mayse and Ri J. Turner

The following essay by Zeitlin is part three of his original call for the formation of an elite Jewish spiritual fraternity, published in Der moment in 1923.

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