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Lee Sharkey’s Walk into the Jewish Depths

by Anna Wrobel Discussed in this essay: Walking Backwards, poetry by Lee Sharkey, Tupelo Press, 2016, 89 pages. “I found a fruitful world, because my ancestors planted it for me. Likewise I am planting for my children.” –Talmud LEE SHARKEY has been a midwife of sorts, drawing profoundly compelling poetry from disadvantaged Maine women. She […]

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What Remains

Finding Yiddish by Janice Segal Weizman YIDDISH TALES. The book lies casually, almost coyly, on my desk. It’s a hardcover bound in fading blue cloth, a 1946 reprint of a 1912 collection of Yiddish stories translated into English. I found it in a used book store in Tel Aviv, and though the volume’s dusty presence […]

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From Yiddishland to America

The Creation & Preservation of YIVO by Bennett Muraskin From the Spring, 2015 issue of Jewish Currents Reviewed in this Essay: YIVO and the Making of Modern Jewish Culture: Scholarship for the Yiddish Nation, by Cecile Esther Kuznitz, Cambridge University Press, 2014, 307 pages, indexed.   IN 1940, TO ESCAPE THE RAVAGES of World War […]

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April 27: Poet of the Vilna Underground

A leftwing Yiddish poet who served as leader of Young Vilna, a literary circle that include Avrom Sutzkever and Chaim Grade, Shmerke Kaczerginski died in a plane crash on this date in 1954, age 45. Confined by the Nazis and their Lithuanian collaborators to the Vilna Ghetto in 1942, Kaczerginski immediately joined the Jewish resistance, […]

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