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Itche Goldberg and Yiddishkayt

Yiddish scholar, literary critic and educator Itche Goldberg died at 102 on this date in 2006. Goldberg founded and kept alive the  Yiddish literary journal, Yidishe Kultur, from 1964 to 2004, and was an eloquent and important theorist and cultivator of secular Jewish culture. From 1937 to 1951, he was the educational and cultural director of the Jewish People’s […]

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Why Do Jews Need Rosh Hashone

Psychological and Communal Aspects of the Jewish New Year by Reba Carmel From the Autumn, 2014 issue of Jewish Currents   OUR FIRST BIBLICAL ENCOUNTER with Rosh Hashone does not mention “Rosh Hashone” (“Head of the Year”). Leviticus 23:24-26 states: ‘[I]n the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall observe complete […]

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Itche Goldberg on Khayim Zhitlovsky

Earlier this year, a book entitled Eseyen Tsvey (Essays 2) was published in Yiddish. Its author, Itche Goldberg, is 102 years old! Itche (as he is lovingly called by almost all who know him) is probably the oldest living writer publishing in any language. A previous volume entitled simply Eseyen was published in 1981. Both […]

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When I First Met Sh. Ansky

by Khayim Zhitlovsky Translated from the Yiddish by Max Rosenfeld Originally published in the December, 1990 issue of Jewish Currents; Translated from an essay first published in 1940 IT WAS ON THE MORNING of my bar mitzva, in the spring of 1878, that I first met Shloyme Zanvl Rapaport, who later became famous as Sh. […]

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