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People of the Book 101: Joseph Landis and Daniel Waldman

by Jules Chametzky Some years back I served with the late Kenneth Libo (1937-2012), who did wonderful work as chief researcher and contributor to Irving Howe’s magisterial and indispensable World of Our Fathers, on an advisory committee for a projected documentary on Abraham Cahan, the fabled editor for fifty years of the Yiddish Forverts. As part […]

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Mameloshn: “Los Angeles” by Moyshe-Leyb Halpern

Introduced and translated by Julian Levinson In 1928, during a spell of especially acute financial difficulties, the poet Moyshe-Leyb Halpern, hero of New York’s avant-garde Yiddish literary scene, moved to Los Angeles to set up residence with his wife and child. A tiny Yiddish literary community had been developing on the sunny coast for nearly […]

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November 8: The Bodleian Library

Oxford University’s Bodleian Library was opened to the public on this date in 1602. The library then and now possessed one of the world’s foremost collections of Hebrew manuscripts and early printed Yiddish books, including a manuscript of Maimonides’ Mishneh Torah (c. 1180) signed and authenticated by Maimonides himself, which is now available for viewing […]

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Proletpen and American Yiddish Poetry

How the Left was Excluded from the Yiddish Canon by Dovid Katz History, they say, is written by the victors. That is the case not only for the military history of nation-states; it can even apply within the heritage of stateless minority cultures and in the university study of their literatures, where there should theoretically […]

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