Eddy Portnoy, the Academic Adviser and Exhibitions Curator at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, is the author of Bad Rabbi and Other Strange but True Stories from the Yiddish Press.
A newly reopened exhibit showcases the previously unknown photographer Shimmel Zohar, whose bizarre, arresting historical photos are nothing short of miraculous
A wonderful Yiddish artifact comes barreling back into view
A 1929 practical method for typing in Yiddish, on display at YIVO, is a keyhole into a little-known world of printing machines, and the pipe dreams behind their invention
Yiddish Newspapers of the 1920s and 1930s would have had a field day with our current political reality.
Adorable children dressed in a ideological garb are nothing new
Remembering I.L. Peretz, who died 100 years ago this week
Rafael Halperin—who died last month—was an ordained rabbi, an ambitious businessman, and a middling politician. He was also a professional wrestler.
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.
How the relationship between a reporter and his editor shook the Yiddish press
When immigrant Lower East Side moms rioted over tonsillectomies
How Jewish tradition marginalized the deaf
Back when the Yiddish press relished covering suicides
A look at a pseudoscience that hinged on the shnozz
In early-20th-century Warsaw, making sure people observed the Sabbath was serious business
In early 20th-century Poland, poet Shmuel Nadler took off his yarmulke and took up with the Communists
Long before Jerry Springer, divorcing couples fought it out before Warsaw’s rabbinical court
The story of a yeshiva boy who turned to the gang life and lived to write about it
The Coney Island attraction who made wrestling history