The Shmooze: The Yiddish Book Center's podcast

New in Translation: Yiddish Writer Frume Halpern

Yermiyahu Ahron Taub joins The Shmooze to talk about his latest translation, a collection of short stories by Yiddish writer Frume Halpern. These psychologically insightful stories present the lives of protagonists who are working-class poor, social outcasts, and experiencing illness, disability, and racism. Halpern worked as a massage therapist in a hospital, and many of these stories are about those who, like her, work with their hands: workshop and factory workers, piece workers, a shoemaker, a butcher, and a hairdresser.

Listen now