Yiddish is far from dead. It’s undead, and it haunts everything from Harvey Pekar’s comics to the vampire literature of the early 20th century.
Promised a prized object, an aspiring writer and family friend helped Isaac Bashevis Singer’s widow sort through his possessions. But some things will always remain out of reach.
Rep. Michele Bachmann tackles Yiddish; Yiddish wins
Shomrim—controversial Jewish neighborhood watch groups—patrol the Orthodox enclaves of Brooklyn, where safety’s battles are fought along exclusive ethnic and community lines
Forget Purim. Passover has a rich comedic tradition all its own, with parodies of the haggadah mocking everything from rabbis and the rich to Mussolini and Hitler.
Plus Mrs. God, and more
Friends and Politics, Part 2: Irving Howe. The prominent critic and I worked on Yiddish translations together, but a dispute over Israel and its Arab neighbors ruptured our relationship—until we reconnected over literature.
Plus a few minor things that happened, and more
Today on Tablet
Romeo and Juliet in Yiddish, premiering this week at the New York Jewish Film Festival, is a part of a recent resurgence of Yiddish-language filmmaking
Plus sharks from Mossad! and more
Plus deli’s Old Country, and more
How to write a Yiddish trend piece
Bristol Palin, Paula Abdul, and a lesson in Yiddish
Justin Bieber, Angelina Jolie, and a lesson in Yiddish
Chelsea Clinton’s wedding and a lesson in Yiddish
Snooki, Levi, and a lesson in Yiddish
A pop culture introduction to the mameloshen
Lindsay, Mel, and a Lesson in Yiddish
Trans-global commuters, learning Yiddish, and more
Twilight, Tom Cruise, and a lesson in Yiddish
‘Ulysses’ in Yiddish
Yiddish Princess takes rock and roll (and Yiddish) to a whole new level
New musical has a greedy Jew, but in the neighborly way
Yiddish writer’s papers may wind up in Jerusalem
A death becomes a rebirth, and more
Reports of its death are greatly exaggerated
Plus a heist wife, Israel’s size does’t matter, and more
Plus Wisse kvells over Yiddish, Israel sells itself, and more