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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דרײַ לידער

Three Poems

Three poems by Leyb Kvitko from his 1919 col­lec­tion, Trit.

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פֿון לאַנד שװינדזוכט

From The Land of Consumption

Shloyme Gilbert’s haunt­ing, atmos­pher­ic vignette based on his own expe­ri­ences in a sanatorium. 

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די באַלאַדע פֿון מײַן אומעט

My Tale of Woe

Moyshe-Leyb Halpern’s mor­bid, post­mod­ernist bal­lad in a new, cre­ative trans­la­tion by Michael Shapiro. 

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בײַטאָג אױפֿן אַלטן מאַרק

A Day in the Old Market

An Extract from Yakov Leshchin­sky’s Di ekonomishe lage fun Yidn in Poyln.

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וועגן דער מאָהליווער שול: זכרונות

On the Mogilev Shul: Recollections

Rec­ol­lec­tions of a vis­it to a wood­en syn­a­gogue in Mogilev by the great mod­ernist artist El Lissitzky. 

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מאַקס ליבערמאַן

Max Liebermann

Mil­groym founder Rachel Wis­chnitzer’s por­trait of painter Max Lieber­mann (1847 – 1935) on the occa­sion of his sev­en­ty-fifth birthday. 

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אַ שאלה

A Problem

Short sto­ry from Mil­groym issue 6 

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אַ סוד

A Secret

Short sto­ry from Mil­groym issue 4 

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אױסלאַנד: מײַנע באַגעגענישן

Abroad: My Encounters

Extract from Mok­doni’s mem­oir recount­ing his mem­o­ries of Rab­bi Yaakov Meir Zalkind. 

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אַ שטיקעלע ברויט

A Crumb of Bread

A new trans­la­tion of David Edelsh­tat’s pro­le­tar­i­an poem a shtikele broyt.

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