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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אַ שאלה

A Problem

Joseph Opatoshu

Translation by Zeke Levine and Raphael Halff

Short story from Milgroym issue 6

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אַ סוד

A Secret

Joseph Opatoshu

Translation by Daniel Kennedy

Short story from Milgroym issue 4

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ייִדישיסטן

Yiddishists

Der Tunkeler

Translation by Ri J. Turner

A humoristic monologue from Der Tunkeler about Yiddishism.

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לעצטע מעשׂים־טובֿים פֿון אַ טאָמײטע

A Tomato's Last Good Deeds

Getsl Selikovitch

Translation by Michael Shapiro

If you thought Shloyme Gilbert’s “Monologue of a Dog” was strange, wait until you read Getsl Selikovitsh’s tomato monologue.

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די גרינע עפּעלעך פֿון גן־עדן

Green Apples from the Garden of Eden

Boris Sandler

Translation by Jordan Kutzik

From Boris Sandler’s 1997 collection Toyern (Gateways): a story in which an immigrant’s reminiscences are so vivid they all but blur the border between dreams and time travel.

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הונגער: אַ מאָנאָלאָג פֿון אַ הונט

Hunger: Monologue of a Dog

Shloyme Gilbert

Translation by Zuzanna Łapa and Jack Ford

Shloyme Gilbert’s tale of hardship and alienation, narrated by a dog.

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ברוך דיין אמת

Blessed is the True Judge

Leon Kobrin

Translation by Jessica Kirzane

A short story from Leon Kobrin’s 1903 collection Geto dramen.

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אַ טאַנץ

A Dance

Fradel Shtok

Translation by Sonia Gollance

A sweatshop worker finds temporary respite from reality at a relative’s wedding.

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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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לינטשערײַ

A Lynching

Joseph Opatoshu

Translation by Jessica Kirzane

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

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