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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די באַלאַדע פֿון מײַן אומעט

My Tale of Woe

Moyshe-Leyb Halpern

Translation by Michael Shapiro

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

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אַ שטיקעלע ברויט

A Crumb of Bread

David Edelstadt

Translation by Zachary Groz

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

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ייִדישע שטעטלעך פֿון פּוילן

Jewish Towns of Poland

Chaim Grade

Translation by Julian Levinson

The opening section of a Grade’s collection Shayn fun farloshene shtern (Shine of Extinguished Stars, 1950).

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כּתר: פֿראַגמענטן פֿון אַ ראַפּסאָדיע

Keter: Fragments of a Rhapsody

Aaron Zeitlin

Translation by Nathan Wolski

Zeitlin’s kabbalistic poem offers a stunning, yet difficult, fusion of Yiddish expressionism and futurism on the one hand, and mystical and messianic thought on the other.

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צוויי לידער

Two Poems

Celia Dropkin

Translation by Shoshana Olidort

Two poems by Celia Dropkin

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באַלײדיקט

Wounded

Malka Lee

Translation by Maia Evrona

A new translation of Malka Lee’s “Baleydikt” from her 1932 collection Lider.

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רויך

Smoke

Jacob Glatstein

Translation by Hershl Hartman

A standalone poem by Jacob Glatstein

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נישגוט־לאַפּיטוט האָט פֿאַרלױרן דעם מוט

Goblin Nogood Has Run Out of Clout

Jacob Glatstein

Translation by Jeffrey Shandler

A new translation of Jacob Glatstein’s powerful and playful 1943 children’s poem.

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צװיי לידער

Two Poems

Itzik Manger

Translation by Murray Citron

”I’ll Take Off My Shoes” and “Abraham Our Father Takes Isaac to the Sacrifice” by Itzik Manger.

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מײַן פֿאָטער

My Father

Aaron Zeitlin

Translation by Nathan Wolski

Aaron Zeitlin’s poem about his father, Hillel Zeitlin

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