A Focus On Kadya Molodovsky
This month, in conjunction with Professor Anita Norich's recently published Pakn Treger article, Kadya Molodovsky: A Woman Novelist Rediscovered, we're focusing on the celebrated Yiddish writer. Our selections include a Molodovsky story from our Steven Spielberg Digital Yiddish Library, Norich's Pakn Treger article, in which she recounts her discovery of two long-forgotten novels by the Yiddish author, and a remastered recording of Molodovsky in conversation with Abraham Tabachnik.
Handpicked Josh Lambert
Josh Lambert, academic director of the Yiddish Book Center and visiting assistant professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, is the author of Unclean Lips: Obscenity, Jews, and American Culture. His reviews and essays have appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and numerous academic journals.
“Hop! Mayne Hamentashen”
Are you ready for the holiday of Purim? Prepare by learning an amusing little song, “Hop! Mayne Homentashn,” which has been sung by numerous interviewees of the Wexler Oral History Project.
Mordecai Richler reading excerpts from St Urbain's Horseman
Speaking of Montreal, as a Canadian Jew I’m contractually required to promote the work of Mordecai Richler. It’s amazing to hear him read from his classic novel, St. Urbain’s Horseman, then still in progress, in 1969, and introduced by Professor Ruth Wisse.
Geyt a hindele keyn Bronzvil (A Little Hen Goes to Brownsville)
One of the Yiddish children’s books I most love to show people is the beautifully illustrated Geyt a hindele keyn Bronzvil (A Little Hen Goes to Brownsville), in which a plucky hen defies the police and courts to deliver free eggs to the poor children of Brooklyn.