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David G. Roskies, “Rabbis, Rebbes and Other Humanists: The Search for a Usable Past in Modern Yiddish Literature,”

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David G. Roskies, “Rabbis, Rebbes and Other Humanists: The Search for a Usable Past in Modern Yiddish Literature,” Studies in Contemporary Jewry 12 (1996): 55-77. Read full report in PDF,…

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Yiddish Words of The Week: Electricity

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Electricity // די עלעקטרע // DI ELÉKTRE ——- bulb: דאָס לעמפּל, ־⁠עך [DOS LEMPL, -EKh] electric current: דער עלע֜קטרישער שטראָם, ־⁠ען [DER ELÉKTRIShER ShTROM, -EN] energy-saving: ענע֜רגיע־⁠שפּאָ֜ר(עװד)יק [ENÉRGYE-ShPÓR(EVD)IK] fluorescent: פֿלואָרעסצע֜נטן־……

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Yiddish language and literature, with special focus on Prague

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For centuries Yiddish was the vernacular of Ashkenazi Jews, and Prague a widely known center of Jewish culture and the Yiddish language. But what is Yiddish? How and where did it…

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Yiddish Words of The Week: Fire

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fire // שׂרפֿה // SREYFE —– brush fire: די געקו֜סט־שׂרפֿה, ־ות [DI GEKÚST-SRÉYFE, -S] bunker gear/personal protective equipment: שיץ־מלבושים, ל״ר; די שי֜צקלײדונג [ShÍTS-MALBÚShIM (pl.); DI ShÍTSKLEYDUNG] bush fire: דאָס/דער ווי֜לדפֿײַער,…

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Moti Giladi: ‘My Way’ in Yiddish (2007)

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Moti Giladi sings “My Way” in Yiddish (Mayn veg) at the Festival of Jewish Culture in Warsaw: “Singer’s Warsaw” in Warsaw, Poland, in 2007. The festival, which has been taking place since…

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Yiddish Words of The Week: New Year’s Eve

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New Year’s Eve // דער סילווע֜סטער־אָוונט // der silvester-ovnt —— auld lang syne: די צײַטן פֿון אַ מאָ֜ל [DI TSAYTN FUN A MOL] champagne: דער שאַמפּאַ֜ניער [DER ShAMPÁNYER] champagne bubbles:…

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How a Trove of Yiddish Letters Led to a Journey of Discovery

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Talk and Book Signing with Dr. David Slucki, Ph.D. Q & A with Dr. Holli Levitsky, Ph.D. A year after his father’s untimely death while visiting Los Angeles, David Slucki,…

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Support the League for Yiddish and our new beginnings in 2020!

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Dear Friends, As many of you already know, the League for Yiddish has big news. After 15 years, our devoted executive director/editor-in-chief of Afn Shvel Sheva Zucker is retiring. Sheva was instrumental…

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New Online Yiddish Dictionary for the New Year! English/Yidish Verterbukh Onlayn

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The groundbreaking online dictionary you have been “sitting on shpilkes” for has finally arrived! The League for Yiddish is thrilled to bring you the “Comprehensive ONLINE English-Yiddish Dictionary”, Gitl Schaechter-Viswanath…

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Words of The Week: Glasses

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bifocals: ביפֿאָקאַ֜לע ברילן; ביפֿאָקאַ֜לן [BIFOKÁLE BRILN; BIFOKÁLN] contact lens: דאָס קאָנטאַ֜קטל, ־⁠עך; די קאָנטאַ֜קטלינדז, ־⁠ן [DOS KONTÁKTL, -⁠EKh; DI KONTÁKTLINDZ, -⁠N] contact lens case: דאָס קאָנטאַ֜קטלעך־שיידל, ־עך [DOS KONTÁKTLEKh-ShEYDL, -EKh] contact lens…

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