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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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‘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.

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University of Texas to Bring Back Yiddish

The Austin university last offered Yiddish language classes 10 years ago

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The Bard of Czernovitz and the Bronx

Remembering Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman (1920-2013)

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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

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Israel, Iran Maybe Met; Bibi and Putin to Meet

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

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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

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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

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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

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New Yiddish Music Debuts in New York City

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

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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

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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

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‘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’

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The Napkin Artist

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

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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

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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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Diagnostic Manual of Mishegas

A different version of the famed manual of mental disorders

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My Mother’s Life

How Chava Rosenfarb survived the Lodz ghetto to write a masterpiece about the experience

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Why Is This Knight Different?

As HBO’s medieval fantasy Game of Thrones returns, imagining a Jewish version of the Seven Kingdoms

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What’s Your Sign?

A Yiddish-inflected horoscope that’s equal parts astrology and menschy

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Sundown: Obama Aims To Delay Sequester

Plus David Axelrod gets a new gig

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Vocabulary Word of the Day: Kibitzer

A word for Jews and card players alike

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