Header

A Reader in the Ghetto

Teaching I.L. Peretz’s story ‘Miracles on the Sea’ to children who are sentenced to die

Header

Women Take Center Stage

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

Header

The Immigration Debate—in Cartoons

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

Header

Bringing Yiddish to the Negev

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

Header

A Note on ‘The Encounter’

An introduction to Mendel Mann, author of The Encounter, and the story’s translator, Heather Valencia

Header

A Pocket Book of Wonders

A remarkable record of miracles performed by Ya’akov Arie Guterman on behalf of simple folk in 19th-century Poland

Header

Pine Trees, Latkes, and the NBA

‘Hanukkah, Oy, Hanukkah!’

Header

New York’s Yiddish Press Is Thriving

Der Yid,’ ‘Der Veker,’ ‘Di Tzeitung,’ ‘Der Blatt,’ ‘Maalos,’ ‘Moment,’ ‘Der Shtern,’ ‘Di Vokh,’ ‘Der Blik,’ and ‘Der Blitz’ all fill niches of Hasidic readership

Header

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

Rokhl’s Golden City: Happy Khanike!

Header

Gott Bentsch America

An inquiry into the Yiddishisms related to ‘God Bless America,’ the patriotic classic written by a Russian-Jewish immigrant

Header

Thrown Through the Yiddish Window

What’s with all these people getting defenestrated all of a sudden?

Header

Einstein on the Mound

Ep. 153: ‘Our Friend From Israel’ podcast host Benyamin Cohen and ‘Wall Street Journal’ sports columnist Jason Gay

Header

The Yiddish Madame Bovary’s Abortion

Stalin-victim Dovid Bergelson’s ‘The End of Everything’ is about the demise of Eastern European Jewish life

Header

Singing Yiddish Hoshanas to Holiday Exhaustion

A Yiddish phrase that sums up the feeling of being utterly beat at the end of the holidays

Header

A Yiddish Deer in the Headlights

The story behind the old Yiddish saying ‘like a chicken in children of man’

Header

All the Tea in Chainik

A Yiddish etymological journey leads from Rudy Giuliani to Chinese teakettles, the Three Stooges, Russian hackers, and back again

Header

A Mind Scheduled for Annihilation

Nineteen years after Hanoch Levin’s early death from bone cancer, the great Israeli playwright’s bleak, searing poetry is finally translated into English

Header

The Opera Singer’s Yiddish Spirituals

The winner of last year’s ‘Yiddish American Idol’ brings ‘historic African-American-Jewish music’ to life on his new record.

Header

Got Shmutz?

We have the dirt on one of Yiddish’s most evocative words

Header

If I Were a Fiddler

Ep. 145: To celebrate a new all-Yiddish production of ‘Fiddler on the Roof,’ we take a look at the play’s enduring cultural significance, and talk to the actors about learning Yiddish for their roles

Header

Hey Kids, It’s Yidstock!

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

Header

Epes Is Rotten in Helsinki

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

Header

Yiddish’s Favorite Disease

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

Header

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

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

Header

Yiddish ‘Fiddler’ Takes Flight

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

Header

Much Ado About Garnisht

The wonderful Yiddish word meaning, well, nothing

Header

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

Meet the Yiddish word that perfectly captures our frightful moment

Header

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

Header

On Volcanoes, Chickens, and Plumbers

And the Yiddish word that unites them

Header

To Farblondje Is Human

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

Load More...