Yidstock 2018 (July 12-15): Featuring - David Krakauer, Anthony Russell, Socalled, Sarah Aroeste, and more...
A Focus On American Jewish Heritage
We're featuring a range of media related to American Jewish heritage, culled from the Yiddish Book Center's collections—oral histories, articles from Pakn Treger, podcast interviews from The Shmooze, archival recordings, and finds from our vault. Watch, listen, read, and look for more posts throughout the month.
Handpicked Ilan Stavans
In addition to being the Lewis-Sebring Professor of Humanities, Latin American, and Latino Culture at Amherst College, Ilan Stavans is an award-winning author, lexicographer, cultural commentator, and translator. He is the publisher of Restless Books, and host of the NPR podcast "In Contrast."
Di geshikhte fun mayn toybnshlak un andere dertseylungen (The Story of my Dovecot, and Other Stories)
Along with Franz Kafka and Bruno Schultz, Isaac Babel is the best and most influential Jewish writer of the first-half of the twentieth century. Yiddish only produced one rendition of Babel’s “Story of My Dovecot” and other stories—it's by Gitl Meisl, and it's inspiring.
Gezamelte shriften (Collected Works)
I'm a long-time admirer of Shloyme Zanvil Rappoport, aka Ansky. I often delve into his multivolume The Destruction of Galicia, an ethnographic survey of Podolia and Volhynia between 1911 and 1914. Inspired by it, I have recently traveled throughout Jewish Latin America to survey the landscape, writing a travelogue with my impressions.
The Religious Dimension of Judaism
This audio recording of a lecture delivered by multilingual scholar of Jewish mysticism Gershom Scholem is a jewel. Listen to him juxtapose autobiography with research and present complex thoughts in his fifth language, English (after German, Hebrew, French, and Latin).