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A Focus On Yiddish Literature

For Jewish Book Month, how could we not focus on Yiddish literature? While it's impossible to capture this vast, rich literature in just a few items, here are some especially interesting finds from our collections: Read an excerpt from Yosua Perle's 1935 novel Everyday Jews—considered scandalous at the time, but now recognized as a modernist masterpiece—in English translation. Listen to a 1983 talk by Irving Howe on how Jewish literature reflects a changing world. And hear an interview with Itzik Manger biographer Efrat Gal- Ed about his research on the Yiddish poet and playwright.