Master etymologist Gerald Cohen knows how jazz got its name, why they’re called hot dogs, and much more
A different version of the famed manual of mental disorders
How Chava Rosenfarb survived the Lodz ghetto to write a masterpiece about the experience
As HBO’s medieval fantasy Game of Thrones returns, imagining a Jewish version of the Seven Kingdoms
A Yiddish-inflected horoscope that’s equal parts astrology and menschy
Plus David Axelrod gets a new gig
A word for Jews and card players alike
Plus Bernard Malamud stories to get a celluloid second life
Plus Colin Powell backs Hagel for Defense Secretary
Sarah Bunin Benor’s new Jewish English Lexicon crowd-sources distinctive contributions to the language
With 200 acres, a love of the mamaloshen, and little by way of experience, a dreamer starts Yiddish Farm
The mame-loshn may be finding new speakers
The untold story of the great epic poem of the Holocaust—and the generous, tragic hero who wrote it
That hot new website making fun of Jewish Republicans? My husband and I made it—and you’re welcome.
Firgun is the ungrudging pleasure one takes in another’s good fortune, and there’s no English word for it
For some ultra-Orthodox writers, the tension between obedience and skepticism in their community fuels a unique art
Plus Manna that travels with you, a Swiss shul, and more
Plus meh, and meh
The literary journal Di Goldene Keyt nurtured Yiddish writers in Israel and the Diaspora—and made an author in Baltimore dream
A passionate, crusading Yiddisher tries to keep the Eastern European language alive in the cosmopolitan center of the Jewish state
The death of a beloved Solomon Schechter teacher shadows a community of former students—many now at the forefront of American Jewish life
Plus Iran faces inflation and may admit inspectors, and more in the news
Known for Middle Eastern, African, and Hasidic motifs in her music, Basya Schechter adds a new note on her latest album—Yiddish poetry
… but Yiddish is still Yiddish, Rep. Pelosi!
The Sept. 11 attacks altered many people’s convictions. For ultra-Orthodox Jews, they reinforced a strongly held belief in divine authority.
The last fully realized work by Harvey Pekar illuminates the bluntness and delight of American Yiddish in the last century. A new excerpt.
What is and what isn’t
Yiddish meets the Supreme Court