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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גרויסער רוף פֿון דער שעה

The Great Call of the Hour (Part 2)

Hillel Zeitlin

Translation by Arthur Green and Ariel Evan Mayse

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

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גרויסער רוף פֿון דער שעה

The Great Call of the Hour (Part 1)

Hillel Zeitlin

Translation by Arthur Green and Ariel Evan Mayse

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

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קיביאַ

Qibya

Jacob Glatstein

Translation by Adi Mahalel

A new translation of Jacob Glatstein’s 1956 poem about the “Qibya affair.”

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“אַלטמאָדיש“ און „דער ים„

"Old-Fashioned" and "The Sea"

Yoysef Kerler

Translation by Maia Evrona

Translations of two poems by Yoysef Kerler

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טעריטאָריאַליזם במזומן אָדער אויף באָרג

Territorialism: In Cash or on Credit?

Chaim Zhitlowsky

Translation by Rick Meller

Political theorist and Yiddishist Chaim Zhitlowsky weighs the deferred promise of territorialism against the needs of present.

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טאַגעבוך פֿון אַן עלנטער מיידל אָדער: דער קאַמף קעגן פֿרײַער ליבע

Diary of a Lonely Girl or the Battle Against Free Love, Part 2

Miriam Karpilove

Translation by Jessica Kirzane

The continued adventures of Miriam Karpilove’s “Lonely Girl” in a new translation by Jessica Kirzane

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אָאַזיס

Poems from Oasis

Abraham Sutzkever

Translation by James Nadel

New translations of six poems from Sutzkever’s 1960 collection Oasis.

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רב דוד

Reb Dovid

Jonah Rosenfeld

Translation by Rachel Mines

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

Isaac Meir Dik

Translation by Eli Rosenblatt

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

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