‘Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah’: Inside 19th-Century Yiddish Letter-Writing Manuals

Correspondence templates taught Jews both literacy and how to be modern. A new anthology shows their entertainment value.

University of Texas to Bring Back Yiddish

The Austin university last offered Yiddish language classes 10 years ago

The Bard of Czernovitz and the Bronx

Remembering Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman (1920-2013)

Jan Kott Would Have Loved ‘Waiting for Godot’ in Yiddish. No, He Didn’t Speak Yiddish.

I was reminded of the Polish critic and Shakespeare scholar at the New Yiddish Rep’s production of Beckett’s masterpiece

Israel, Iran Maybe Met; Bibi and Putin to Meet

Plus a new dating site called Jzoog, and more in the news

Tracing the Rise of Abraham Cahan, From Factory Worker to Newsroom Titan

In an excerpt from Nextbook Press’s new biography, the founder of the ‘Jewish Daily Forward’ makes his way to New York

From Teen Chronicler of Yiddish Curses to Global Fame: Sholem Aleichem’s Multitudes

Jeremy Dauber’s biography of the genius behind Tevye traces his life and legacy from shtetl child to international superstar

Was Chagall Actually Any Good? The French and British Disagree.

A new show at the Jewish Museum in New York follows contrasting exhibits in Liverpool and Paris

New Yiddish Music Debuts in New York City

Young musicians take the stage at Sveta Kundish’s first U.S. concert

Yiddish-Speaking Wizards and Dragons Invade the Shire in ‘Der Hobit’

J.R.R. Tolkien’s foremost and only Yiddish-language translator is part of a new wave of nonscholar enthusiasts

The Brazen Shlock Salesman Who Became London’s Greatest Modern Art Dealer

An excerpt from the original Tablet Kindle Single ‘The Swag Man,’ by the Man Booker Prize-winner, available from Amazon.com today

‘Commie Camp’ Documentary Captures Camp Kinderland’s Idealism, and Its Imperfections

Once a utopian getaway for children of socialists and left-wing organizers, the camp remains an essential haven for ‘weird Jews’

The Napkin Artist

Remembering Yiddishist, linguistics scholar, Holocaust survivor, and painter Edward Stankiewicz, who died this year

91-Year-Old Yiddish Rock Star

A visit with Arkady Gendler, the last link to the living roots of Yiddish culture, on the eve of a new album

On the Origin of ‘Shyster’

Master etymologist Gerald Cohen knows how jazz got its name, why they’re called hot dogs, and much more

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