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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צו מײַן ברודער אַבֿרהם רײזען

To My Brother Avrom Reisen

A trans­la­tion of Sarah Reisen’s poem to her broth­er, Avrom. 

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אַ קוש

A Kiss

A trans­la­tion of Celia Drop­kin’s A kush.” 

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וְהָיָה הָעולָם

New Creation

A new Yid­dish poem by Ber Kotler­man, com­posed on Mot­sei Sim­chat Torah 5784, and trans­lat­ed by Jes­si­ca Kirzane. 

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יום־כּיפּור אין שול

Yom Kippur in Synagogue

Dov Green­wood trans­lates Avrom Liess­in’s haunt­ing poem about faith and fear on Yom Kippur. 

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פּאַריז

Paris

Annabel Cohen trans­lates Abra­ham Sutzkev­er’s poem, Paris.”

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Selected Poems by Osher Shvartsman

A selec­tion of Osh­er Shvarts­man­’s poems trans­lat­ed into Eng­lish by Josh Price. 

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Selections from Yidishe dikhterins

Rey­zl Grace MoChrid­he trans­lates three poems by Hinde Royt­blat and Dina Libkes, two Yid­dish authors with Kyiv con­nec­tions, select­ed from Ezra Kor­man’s Yidishe dikhterins anthol­o­gy (1928).

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ספּינאָזאַ

Spinoza

An excerpt from Melekh Rav­it­sh’s mem­oirs on the Yid­dish writer’s encounter with Spin­oza­’s Ethics.

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Erasing the Written, Rewriting the Erased: A Fragmented and Imperfect Tribute to Vogel

Zackary Sholem Berg­er ren­ders two poems by Vogel anew via the poet­ic method of trans­la­tion-era­sure, reveal­ing through dis­tor­tion the con­tours that lead from lan­guage to lan­guage across the decades. 

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Selections from Neger-Dikhtung in Amerike (Negro-Poetry in America)

Eli Rosen­blatt intro­duces three poems by African Amer­i­can women poets of the Harlem Renais­sance, trans­lat­ed into Yid­dish by Robert Magid­off for the 1936 anthol­o­gy Neger-Dikhtung in Amer­i­ca (Negro-Poet­ry in Amer­i­ca), pub­lished in Moscow.

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