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Verter fun der Vokh – Coronavirus

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Coronavirus // דער קאָראָ֜נאַ־ווי֜רוס // DER KORÓNA-VÍRUS —- contagious: קלע֜פּיק; אָ֜נשטעק(עװד)יק [KLÉPIK; ÓNShTEK(EVD)IK] It’s contagious: <מע קען זיך אָ֜ננעמען <אָ֜נשטעקן/זאַראַ֜זען [ME KEN ZIKH ÓNNEMEN <ÓNShTEKN/ZARÁZEN>] Coronavirus: דער קאָראָ֜נאַ־ווי֜רוס [DER KORÓNA-VÍRUS]…

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Verter fun der Vokh – Pillows

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pillows // קי֜שעלעך // KÍShELEKh —– body pillow: דער גו֜ף־קישן, ־ס [DER GÚF-KIShN, -S] feather/down pillow: דער פּו֜כקישן, ־ס; דער פּו֜כענער קישן, ־ס [DER PÚKhKIShN, -S; DER PÚKhENER KIShN, -S]…

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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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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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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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