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.
"We Can't Afford A Real Gate-leg Table": Moyshe-Leyb Halpern's Whimsical Household Art
Isaac (Ying) Halpern, son of Yiddish poet Moyshe-Leyb Halpern, describes the art his father made with second-hand furniture in his childhood home. He gives the example of a broken table that his father painted to appear fixed.
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
“I Missed That One”: When I Once Disappointed My Father, Moyshe-Leyb Halpern
2 min 44 sec
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“Sometimes I Get Hung On Things”: Isaac (Ying) Halpern On Reading His Father Moyshe-Leyb’s Poetry
1 min 4 sec
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The Ironing Disaster: Moyshe-Leyb Halpern Didn’t Do So Well With Menial Jobs
2 min 15 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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