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Yiddish in a Jiffy, in Omaha, Nebraska

As an experiment, I immersed myself in the Yiddish language for three months to see how much I could learn

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Study Claims Yiddish Originated in Turkey

The messy, ideological battle over the beginnings of the Yiddish language continues in the academe

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Yiddish Flavor

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.)

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Get Your Summer On at These Yiddish Festivals

It’s time to break out the fiddles and accordians, and lace up your dancing shoes

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I Swear

Yes, I curse in front of my kids. But as a Jewish parent, I have a particularly rich history of curses to choose from.

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This Valentine’s Day, Serenade in Your Lover in Yiddish

Four poems capable of melting even the coldest of hearts

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Chicago Ensemble Earns Grammy Nomination for Album of Jewish Music From ‘Golden Age’

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

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Five Yiddish Tongue Twisters

Bet you can’t say them three times fast

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The John Oliver School of Yiddish Pronunciation

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.

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Broadway’s First Lesbian Kiss Was Originally in Yiddish. Now It’s in New Haven.

With ‘Indecent,’ Paula Vogel and Rebecca Taichman return to Sholem Asch’s ‘God of Vengeance’ for the throbbing thrills only your grandmother could know

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Yiddish-Speaking Brooklyn Hits the Small Screen

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.

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Chai Fashion

A Rosh Hashanah greeting from Iran, plus writer and model Julia Frakes and our new favorite Yiddish phrase, courtesy of Wordnik’s Erin McKean

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Controversy Over Worksheet at Orthodox School in London

A worksheet’s reference to ‘evil goyim,’ stirs controversy in London, but context does matter.

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Recipes for a Yiddish Picnic In the Park, Inspired By The Bard

A new book of cocktail recipes (and more) offers an inspiring way to toast Jacob Adler, the star of Yiddish theater

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Happy Bloomsday!

Celebrating all things Joycean—and Leopold Bloom, the hero of Ulysses

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Saul Bellow Is Having a Very Quiet Birthday

In defense, and praise, of the champion of personality, for whom Jewishness was simply a fact of life, not an ‘identity’

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Death of a Yiddish Giant

Remembering I.L. Peretz, who died 100 years ago this week

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Yiddish and Mezuzot on ‘Boardwalk Empire’

How the Prohibition-era HBO show portrays its Jewish gangsters

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Welcoming Myself Back to My Journalistic Roots

I got my start in a contentious corner of the Jewish press. It’s good to be here again.

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Finding an Unlikely Serenity at Yiddish Vokh

Annual retreat draws a diverse group with a love for the Jewish language

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Yiddish Goes Virtual With Online Classes

More proof the language isn’t dying: interactive online courses

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Stop Kvetching: Yiddish Isn’t Dying

YIVO director of education says the language is still very much alive

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Watch Elderly Jews Explain Yiddish Words

You wouldn’t plotz if you lost a bingo game; zaftig is ‘more plump than heavy’

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Is This the Best Yiddish Rap You’ve Ever Heard?

Cantor Lee Schwartz kicks it way, way old school

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The Mystery of the Origins of Yiddish Will Never Be Solved

How an academic field—marked by petty fighting, misguided ideological debates, and personal proximity to tragedy—doomed itself

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Lack of Yiddish Translators Derails Bribery Case

Judge declares mistrial in corruption case against New York State Senator

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Where Did Yiddish Come From?

An explosive debate erupts from footnotes suggesting that Ashkenazi Jews are Europeans

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The Irish Catholic Promoting Yiddish Literature

Peter Manseau on accepting Yiddish Book Center honor from the First Lady

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Is It OK To Dance After the Holocaust? Absolutely, Says the Band Golem

The klezmer punk rockers cover lots of ground on their rollicking new album, ‘Tanz.’ They want you to get crazy to all of it.

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De Blasio Brings His Message to Crown Heights in Yiddish

Though few of the NYC neighborhood’s Jewish residents speak only Yiddish

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