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

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

Text & Translation

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.

Text & Translation

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.

Text & Translation

חנניה, מישאל ועזריה בתוך כּבֿשן־האש

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

Translation by Shifra Epstein

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

Isaac Bashevis Singer

Translation by Mirra Ginsburg and B. Chertoff

Edited by David Stromberg

Previously unpublished translations of two essays by Bashevis on censorship of literature, presented in a new edited version by David Stromberg.

Text & Translation

ביאַליקס שיך

Bialik's Shoes

Sholem Aleichem

Translation by Daniel Kennedy

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

Text & Translation

ייִדן און ייִדיש

Essays on Yiddishism

Nokhem Shtif

Translation by Maurice Wolfthal

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.”

Text & Translation

די ייִדיש־אַנאַרכיסטישע באַוועגונג אין אַמעריקע

The Jewish Anarchist Movement in America

Joseph Cohen

Translation by Emil Kerenji

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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