This week on Unorthodox, Yiddish maven Gitl Schaechter-Viswanath and ‘Bad German’ Tessa Kim
A new dictionary co-edited by Gitl Schaechter-Viswanath was created by the might of familial love and the need to keep Yiddish up-to-date
Finkel, the Yiddish theater star and Emmy-winning actor who passed away Sunday, was a living reminder of what had gone before and been lost on the streets of New York
Abbi and Ilana like you’ve never heard them before
In my family, we had a special three-letter word for stupid people. But where did it come from?
Yiddish—and sportsmanship—were stand-outs at last week’s national spelling bee contest
As the new editor of the 119-year-old Yiddish newspaper, Rukhl Schaechter looks to connect with a broader readership
As an experiment, I immersed myself in the Yiddish language for three months to see how much I could learn
The messy, ideological battle over the beginnings of the Yiddish language continues in the academe
In ‘Rhapsody in Schmaltz,’ Michael Wex delves into Ashkenazi Jewish cuisine and the stories behind classic dishes—from kugel to cholent to brain latkes. (Yes, brain latkes.)
It’s time to break out the fiddles and accordians, and lace up your dancing shoes
Yes, I curse in front of my kids. But as a Jewish parent, I have a particularly rich history of curses to choose from.
Four poems capable of melting even the coldest of hearts
The New Budapest Orpheum Society’s record of Jewish stage and film music from 1925-1955 provides a window into Jewish artistry during tough times
Bet you can’t say them three times fast
In a recent segment about Daily Fantasy websites, the late-night host taught the world how to say ‘chutzpah’ correctly. Class is now in session.
With ‘Indecent,’ Paula Vogel and Rebecca Taichman return to Sholem Asch’s ‘God of Vengeance’ for the throbbing thrills only your grandmother could know
Former New York gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout is host of ‘On the Grid,’ a new show about Brooklyn’s neighborhoods. She begins in Williamsburg, Borough Park, and Crown Heights.
A Rosh Hashanah greeting from Iran, plus writer and model Julia Frakes and our new favorite Yiddish phrase, courtesy of Wordnik’s Erin McKean
A worksheet’s reference to ‘evil goyim,’ stirs controversy in London, but context does matter.
A new book of cocktail recipes (and more) offers an inspiring way to toast Jacob Adler, the star of Yiddish theater
Celebrating all things Joycean—and Leopold Bloom, the hero of Ulysses
In defense, and praise, of the champion of personality, for whom Jewishness was simply a fact of life, not an ‘identity’
Remembering I.L. Peretz, who died 100 years ago this week
How the Prohibition-era HBO show portrays its Jewish gangsters
I got my start in a contentious corner of the Jewish press. It’s good to be here again.
Annual retreat draws a diverse group with a love for the Jewish language
More proof the language isn’t dying: interactive online courses
YIVO director of education says the language is still very much alive
You wouldn’t plotz if you lost a bingo game; zaftig is ‘more plump than heavy’