A Wanderer in the Desert

How a tubercular shoemaker became a great Yiddish poet

Power Failure

Ruth Wisse takes on anti-Semitism and Jewish discomfort with being in charge

Land of the Lost

Michael Chabon’s new novel depicts a frozen homeland where beat cops speak Yiddish, snack on blintzes, and chase Hasidic gangsters

Asch’s Passion

A popular Yiddish novelist strove for immortality by taking on Jesus, but it cost him his core audience and made him a marked man

The Bogeymen of Studio 60

On Aaron Sorkin’s new show, the banter is flying and the Christian right is raging

Way Up in the Gods

Luba Kadison, once a member of famed Yiddish theater company the Vilna Troupe, reminisces about her past

Radical Roots

Why the Yiddish workers’ movement was an American phenomenon

Beyond the Melting Pot

A hipster scholar makes room on his provocative playlist for the jubilant, in-your-face shtick of Mickey Katz

Back from the Shadows

Dovid Bergelson’s skepticism served him poorly in life but sublimely in art

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