The Yiddish Book Center's
Wexler Oral History Project
A growing collection of in-depth interviews with people of all ages and backgrounds, whose stories about the legacy and changing nature of Yiddish language and culture offer a rich and complex chronicle of Jewish identity.
“Sometimes I Get Hung On Things”: Isaac (Ying) Halpern On Reading His Father Moyshe-Leyb’s Poetry
Isaac "Ying" Halpern, the son of Yiddish poet Moyshe-Leyb Halpern, talks about a favourite line of his in his father's poem "Memento Mori," and how it reflects his father's masterful command of Yiddish dialects.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Isaac (Ying) Halpern.
This excerpt is in English.
Isaac (Ying) Halpern was born in New York, New York in 1923.
This interview is part of the Beyond the Books: Yiddish writers and their descendants series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
The Ironing Disaster: Moyshe-Leyb Halpern Didn’t Do So Well With Menial Jobs
2 min 15 sec
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"We Can't Afford A Real Gate-leg Table": Moyshe-Leyb Halpern's Whimsical Household Art
1 min 25 sec
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As His Son, I Was Surprised to Realize Just How Well-Regarded My Father, Moyshe-Leyb Halpern, Was
2 min 30 sec
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“Beautiful Sounds In The Middle”: The Style of Moyshe-Leyb Halpern’s Yiddish Poetry
1 min 37 sec
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Cross-generational Inspirations: Copying Each Other's Paintings in the Halpern Family
1 min 46 sec
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“A Love-Hate Relationship" With The Modern World: My Father, Moyshe-Leyb Halpern’s Yiddish Poetry
1 min 34 sec
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An Imaginary Kitchenette Menu: The Household Artwork Of Moyshe-Leyb Halpern
3 min 10 sec
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"The Power of this Acting Business”: Advice From Yehuda Bleich For A Minor Yiddish Theater Role
2 min 30 sec
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