The Sun Has Not Risen Yet, the Dutch Are Still Asleep

Translated by Sarah Prais   Helene Khatskels was an extraordinary Yiddish educator, author and translator. A life-long socialist, she fought to secure Jewish national rights in the diaspora, and was a leading figure in the Bund, involved in smuggling books and other undercover activities and was eventually arrested by the Tsarist authorities. After Lithuania was annexed […]

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Oedipus in Brooklyn

by Bennett Muraskin Discussed in this essay: Oedipus in Brooklyn and Other Stories by Blume Lempel, translated from the Yiddish by Ellen Cassedy and Yermiyahu Ahron Taub, Mandel Vilar Press/Dryad Press, 2016, 225 pages. THERE WAS A TIME when female Yiddish writers were virtually unknown in English translation. Irving Howe did not include a single one […]

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A Story of Revenge, with Laughter

by Sidney Kessler Discussed in this essay: King of Yiddish, by Curt Leviant. 2015, Livingston Press, 307 pages. BEFORE YOU GET to the fifth page of text it will become apparent that you haven’t yet encountered a period. Don’t be put off by that. Curt Leviant’s King of Yiddish is a page-turner. It is a […]

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Mameloshn: “Elijah in Shul” by Mani Leyb

Translated by Barnett Zumoff Mani Leyb (1883-1953) was the greatest and most characteristic poet of Di Yunge, the group of mostly young, lyrical Yiddish poets who preceded and overlapped with the Introspectivist movement in Yiddish poetry. Leyb is credited with refining and purifying the Yiddish language to make it a suitable vehicle for sophisticated poetry. “Elijah […]

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A New Yiddish-English Dictionary

by Harry Bochner For over forty years, English-speaking students of Yiddish and Yiddish literature have relied on two dictionaries, Weinreich (1968) and Harkavy (1928). Uriel Weinreich‘s Modern English-Yiddish Yiddish-English Dictionary is the familiar standard, and not only because Weinreich was also the author of College Yiddish (1949), a textbook still in use today. His dictionary […]

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