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Einstein on the Mound

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

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The Yiddish Madame Bovary’s Abortion

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

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Singing Yiddish Hoshanas to Holiday Exhaustion

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

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A Yiddish Deer in the Headlights

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

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All the Tea in Chainik

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

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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

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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.

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Got Shmutz?

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

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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

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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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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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