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Chana Roth – “Shtil Di Nakht’ (Partisan’s song in Yiddish)

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This is a Partisan’s song – a partizaner lid – composed by H.Glik and performed in circa mid-60’s by Israeli singer Hannah/Chana Roth. SHTIL DI NAKHT in yiddish means “The…

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A Yiddish song of hope during the coronavirus

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  הרבֿ יואל ראָטה איז באַקאַנט דעם חסידישן עולם קודם ווי אַ בראַצלאַווער רבֿ, וואָס פֿירט אָן מיט דער וויליאַמסבורגער ישיבֿה „תּפֿארת התּורה‟. ראָטהס ישיבֿה איז באַרימט ווי אַן אָרט,…

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Gevalt in Our Stars

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A Brief History of Yiddish Astrologic Practices In a striking Rosh Hashanah greeting card from the early 1900s, an angelic figure festooned with flowers directs a group of children to…

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While Wall Street Journal highlights the success of Harry Potter in Yiddish, two new books are released in NY

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  Dos Hoyz in Pu-vinkl (Winnie the Pooh) and Gayve un Forurtl  (Orgullo y Prejuicio) by Jane Austen, which add to the Yiddish bibliography available to young readers and their…

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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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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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A Language With Chutzpah: Yiddish And American Culture

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When was the last time you ate a bagel? Gave a spiel at work? Called someone a klutz? Tried to have chutzpah? Contacted Apple about an iPhone glitch? These may…

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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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The origin of East European Ashkenazim via a southern route

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Two populations are mentioned in the literature as ancestors of the Eastern European Ashkenazim: German Jews and Khazars. A German origin is not demographically possible, a Khazarian origin can also…

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