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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Leyzer Volf

Translation by Jordan Finkin

Leyzer Volf’s “Yiddish Hiawatha”, written over three days and published in a romanized script.

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דער חובֿ

The Debt

Blume Lempel

Translation by Ellen Cassedy and Yermiyahu Ahron Taub

An exclusive extract from Oedipus in Brooklyn and Other Stories by Blume Lempel.

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פּאָגראָמען אין אוקראַיִנע : די צײַט פֿון דער פֿרײַװיליקער אַרמײ

The Pogroms in Ukraine: the Period of the Volunteer Army

Nokhem Shtif

Translation by Maurice Wolfthal

Excepts from Nokhem Shtif’s accounts of pogroms in Ukraine during the Russian Civil War.

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A Lynching

Joseph Opatoshu

Translation by Jessica Kirzane

The gritty, and controversial 1920s account of a lynching by Joseph Opatoshu.

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סאַקאָ און וואַנזעטיס מאָנטיק

Sacco and Vanzetti’s Monday

Jacob Glatstein

Translation by Lawrence Rosenwald

A poem about Sacco and Vanzetti, originally published the day before their execution.

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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.