Rokhl Kafrissen is a New York-based cultural critic and playwright.
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Buried Treasure

Rokhl’s Golden City: Rokhl Oyerbakh belatedly gains recognition for uncovering the truth about life in the Warsaw Ghetto

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Bolsheviks and Bundists

Rokhl’s Golden City: Confronting anti-Semitism during the Russian Revolution

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Yiddish: Not Just for Jews

Rokhl’s Golden City: Why non-Jews are drawn to the language and its culture

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The Magic of an ‘Etrog’

Rokhl’s Golden City: How a strange fruit inspired Yiddish writers

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Paul Robeson Goes to Summer Camp

Rokhl’s Golden City: Remembering the legendary singer’s summer at Camp Kinderland

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An Illuminating Obituary for a Yiddish Giant

Rokhl’s Golden City: When YIVO co-founder Max Weinreich died 50 years ago, one newspaper’s reminiscence revealed the splits in the Yiddish world

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The ‘Mother’ of Yiddish Literature

Rokhl’s Golden City: A new set of English translations brings Jacob Dinezon’s books to new readers, 100 years after his death

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Night of the Murdered Poets

Rokhl’s Golden City: This week in 1952, five Yiddish poets were executed in the Soviet Union. How have their deaths been framed since then?

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Portrait of the Yiddish Artist

Rokhl’s Golden City: Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman’s creativity could not be contained in a single medium

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The Psychology Behind Yiddish Literature

Rokhl’s Golden City: How trauma informed Blume Lempel’s stories

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Queer Yiddishkeit

Rokhl’s Golden City: Finding a home in Yiddishland while challenging the status quo

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Summertime and the Yiddish Is Easy

Rokhl’s Golden City: Why I’m skipping the beach to spend the season studying

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The Gems of Yiddish Cinema

Rokhl’s Golden City: Classic movies you can see on the big screen—and rarer curiosities you should seek out

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Rescuing Yiddish History

Rokhl’s Golden City: How the archives of a legendary newspaper were saved from the garbage

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The Joys of Yiddish Poetry

Rokhl’s Golden City: A different take on Walt Whitman

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A Partisan’s Passover

Rokhl’s Golden City: How one amazing woman in a leopard-skin coat documented the battle against the Nazis

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Women Take Center Stage

Rokhl’s Golden City: Changing the face of Yiddish theater—and the sound of Yiddish music

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Esther in Furs

Rokhl’s Golden City: A Polish Purim story

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The Immigration Debate—in Cartoons

Rokhl’s Golden City: In America, even a Jew can be a Cossack

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My Yiddish Valentine

Rokhl’s Golden City: Love, lust, and ‘Fiddler on the Roof’

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Bringing Yiddish to the Negev

Rokhl’s Golden City: How poet Avrom Sutzkever became a giant in a country that rejected his language

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Milk Can Memories

A new documentary about the brave archivists who kept a secret history of the Warsaw Ghetto shows how we can preserve the memory of the Holocaust after the last generation of survivors

 

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A Khanike Sucker, a Rigged Dreydl, and the First Jew in Space

Rokhl’s Golden City: Happy Khanike!

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The Re-Incarnation of a Frog

Rokhl’s Golden City: Montreal’s shape-shifting klezmer genius Socalled transmigrates into a new album—and gay porn

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Linda Richman Is Verklempt

Rokhl’s Golden City: How Yiddish entered American pop culture, and how American pop culture penetrated the Yiddish vernacular

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No, Thank You, ‘Whore From Ohio’

Rokhl’s Golden City: A new Yiddish production of a Hanoch Levin play is tone deaf to the #MeToo zeitgeist

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Hey Kids, It’s Yidstock!

Rokhl’s Golden City: On campus in Massachusetts with the summer interns, singing folk-song adaptations of ‘Shnirele Perele’

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Summer Heat, Guitar Gods, and RotFront

Rokhl’s Golden City: How a generation of Russian-speaking Jews who ended up in Germany after the fall of the Soviet Union became key figures in the klezmer continuity

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Tevye Served Raw, Perchik Served Hot

Rokhl’s Golden City: Two Yiddish ‘Fiddlers’ and Funk-a-Deli

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The Messiah Comes to America!

Rokhl’s Golden City: A terrific new translation of Moyshe Nadir’s uproariously acidic take on Depression-era Jewish-American life

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