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Epes Is Rotten in Helsinki

The one Yiddish phrase you need to make sense of the president’s latest adventures in international politics

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Yiddish’s Favorite Disease

There are many ways to tell someone off in the mamaloshen, but only one medical metaphor that really stings

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From Yiddish to Outer Space: On the Origins of One Mysterious Word

What’s in a glitch? You’d be surprised.

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Yiddish ‘Fiddler’ Takes Flight

‘Tradition’ becomes ‘Di Toireh’ as Joel Grey and his cast begin rehearsals

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Much Ado About Garnisht

The wonderful Yiddish word meaning, well, nothing

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Forget Twitter: These Days, It’s All About Tzitter

Meet the Yiddish word that perfectly captures our frightful moment

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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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On Volcanoes, Chickens, and Plumbers

And the Yiddish word that unites them

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To Farblondje Is Human

Confused? Mistaken? Lost? There’s a Yiddish word for that.

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Bury Me Behind the Fence!

Rokhl’s Golden City: The turn-of-the-century proto-feminist melodrama ‘One of Those,’ and the allure of Holocaust-studies failure

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Casting Announced for Yiddish ‘Fiddler!’

Today on Jewcy: Jackie Hoffman is Yenta, because… of course she is.

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The German Students and the Murdered Language

The writer Henry Roth’s English was sometimes difficult. A school examination in Germany asked young people to understand it—and the lost shades of the Yiddish that preceded it.

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On Milchig, Fleishig, and Pareve

The Yiddish words to describe the things we eat have a complicated history of their own

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How the Yarmulke Got Its Name

The true story of one of Yiddish’s most misunderstood words

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Meh, Feh, Shmeh

To disdain and dismiss, there’s nothing like Yiddish

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Behind the Scenes of the New Yiddish ‘Fiddler’

Can you sing? Dance? Speak the mamaloshen? Welcome to Anatevka.

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Why We Daven

No, really: What does the word mean? And where did it come from?

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In Yiddish, Putting Your Best Foot Forward

Unless, of course, you’re a pig

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Third Seders and Ghetto Nights

Rokhl’s Golden City: Secular Seders, camp epiphanies, and Yom HaShoah

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Egg-Gazing for Pesakh

Rokhl’s Golden City: yolks with blood spots, jokes with Hebrew subtitles, and ‘The Labor of Life’

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The Duck in the Long Johns

On the origins of a particularly popular winter undergarment

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Jews in Space

Rokhl’s Golden City: ‘Canada First’ ideology in non-sappy immigrant-tale theater, an invisible feminist in Toronto, an Easter Egg revealed in ‘Futurama,’ and other dispatches from the orbiting Yiddish cosmos

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Is Your Passover ‘Gebrokts’?

Get to know the holiday’s most under-rated term, which, strangely, has to do with not eating matzah

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The Dog Days of Yiddish

What’s the difference between a hound and a human? Just ask the mamaloshen.

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A Yiddish Purim Shpil in Tel Aviv

Rokhl’s Golden City: Eritrean detainees read Isaac Bashevis Singer, and the mother tongue meets the mother-land

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The Birth of Shtick

We all know the word, but do we use it correctly?

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Frustrated by the State of the World? Yiddish Has the Perfect Expression for You.

The perfect idiom for our time involves a practice now long gone

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Whence the Gogel Mogel?

From Tolstoy to ‘Alice in Wonderland,’ a mysterious Yiddish drink intrigues. But what’s in its name?

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A Mormon ‘Khupe’ in Hawaii

Rokhl’s Golden City: Traveling in the land of living ghosts

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