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
"We Can't Afford A Real Gate-leg Table": Moyshe-Leyb Halpern's Whimsical Household Art1 minute 25 seconds
Moyshe-Leyb Halpern as a Father2 minutes 13 seconds
As His Son, I Was Surprised to Realize Just How Well-Regarded My Father, Moyshe-Leyb Halpern, Was2 minutes 30 seconds
A Tradition of Father-Son (Recycled) Art in the Halpern Family2 minutes 23 seconds
“A Love-Hate Relationship" With The Modern World: My Father, Moyshe-Leyb Halpern’s Yiddish Poetry1 minute 34 seconds
Cross-generational Inspirations: Copying Each Other's Paintings in the Halpern Family1 minute 46 seconds
"The Power of this Acting Business”: Advice From Yehuda Bleich For A Minor Yiddish Theater Role2 minutes 30 seconds
Yingele: the Story Behind an Unusual Yiddish Nickname1 minute 41 seconds
The Ironing Disaster: Moyshe-Leyb Halpern Didn’t Do So Well With Menial Jobs2 minutes 15 seconds
The Artistic Habits of Yiddish Poet Moyshe-Leyb Halpern2 minutes 26 seconds
Moyshe-Leyb Halpern: Pinnacle of Modernism in Yiddish Poetry2 minutes 27 seconds
“Beautiful Sounds In The Middle”: The Style of Moyshe-Leyb Halpern’s Yiddish Poetry1 minute 37 seconds
“Sometimes I Get Hung On Things”: Isaac (Ying) Halpern On Reading His Father Moyshe-Leyb’s Poetry1 minute 4 seconds
An Imaginary Kitchenette Menu: The Household Artwork Of Moyshe-Leyb Halpern3 minutes 10 seconds
Moyshe-Leyb Halpern's Appearance2 minutes 20 seconds
“I Missed That One”: When I Once Disappointed My Father, Moyshe-Leyb Halpern2 minutes 44 seconds
About the Wexler Oral History Project
Since 2010, the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project has recorded more than 500 in-depth video interviews that provide a deeper understanding of the Jewish experience and the legacy and changing nature of Yiddish language and culture.
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