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February 21 1982: Gershom Scholem dies

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Gershom Scholem (December 5, 1897 – February 21, 1982), was a German-born Israeli philosopher and historian. He is widely regarded as the founder of the modern, academic study of Kabbalah.…

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February 19, 1997: Leo Rosten, author of “Joys Of Yiddish”, dies at age 88

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Leo Rosten, the author of The Joys of Yiddish and numerous other popular, witty and erudite books, died on this date in 1997 in New York City at age 88. Rosten earned…

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Yiddish Translation in Canada: A Litmus Test for Continuity

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Yiddish translation in Canada has evolved in two directions: from world languages into Yiddish, and from Yiddish into other languages, specifically English and French. This dual function of Yiddish as…

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Mazel tov: First edition of Yiddish ‘Harry Potter’ sells out in less than 48 hours

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Less than 48 hours after the Yiddish edition of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” translated by Arun Viswanath, became available for pre-order, the book sold out its first print…

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Kirk Douglas Receives Lifetime Achievement Award | Sings Yiddish | 2002

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Celebrating the Folksbiene Yiddish Theatre and 100 Years of Yiddish Theatre Presented by: Governor and Mrs. George E. Pataki, The State of New York With: Jewish Community Relations Council of…

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“Harry Potter” series receives official Yiddish translation

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Harry Potter Un Der Filosofisher Shteyn This translation would not have been possible if not for the efforts of four committed colleagues: Yankl-Peretz Blum, whose linguistic guidance significantly leveled up…

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Welcoming Shabes with Sholem Aleikhem for French Horn and Orchestra

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Dnipro is the third largest city in Ukraine and it’s the home of the chamber orchestra of the Dnipro State Conservatory. Today we’re welcoming Shabbat with the orchestra’s version of…

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Yiddish Words of The Week: Eggs

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candle the eggs: אוי֜סקלאָרן <אוי֜סקלערן> די איי֜ער [ÓYSKLORN <ÓYSKLERN> DI ÉYER] crack an egg: צעשפּאַ֜לטן <אָ֜נקלאַפּן> אַן אײ [TSEShPÁLTN <ÓNKLAPN> AN EY] cracked: צעשפּאָ֜לטן [TSEShPÓLTN] egg: דאָס איי, ־ער [DOS EY, -ER] eggshell: דאָס/די שאָ֜לעכץ,…

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Discover the exciting world of Yiddish at YIVO this summer!

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Learn Yiddish at YIVO in New York City this Summer! June 29 – August 7, 2020 Spend six-to-nine weeks immersed in Yiddish and discover 1,000 years of Jewish history. Delve…

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Celebrate Diversity and Unity through story and song: Soul To Soul

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Soul to Soul is the electrifying and emotionally captivating theatrical concert that follows the experiences of two minority peoples and their paths to America’s promise of freedom—overcoming segregation, prejudice, and economic…

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