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Reading Yiddish Literature in a Time of National Reckoning, A Panel Discussion Moderated by Rachel Rubinstein

Rachel Rubinstein ; Jessica Kirzane

October 15, 2020

Part of Yiddish Book Center Recorded Programs

Yiddish Literature Excluded From Anthologies

Ted Steinberg, Distinguished Teaching Professor at SUNY Fredonia, expresses his frustration about the absence of Yiddish literature in anthologies of world literature, and affirms the necessity of keeping these texts alive by reading them.

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project Excerpts

“There Are Some Younger People Who Are Creating Yiddish Literature”: A List

Barnett Zumoff, Yiddish translator and President Emeritus of the Workmen's Circle/Arbeiter Ring, on some of the people he sees as comprising the contemporary Yiddish literature scene.

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project Excerpts

Yiddish Literature: It Is All Connected

Paul Buhle, author and social historian, describes aspects of Yiddish literature that fascinate him, such as its search for political progress.

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project Excerpts

Falling in Love with Yiddish through Literature

Childhood Yiddish speaker, Marilyn Cassotta, recalls how she fell in love with Yiddish through reading the greats of Yiddish literature. She describes the beauty and possibilities she found in the language through reading and how much it meant to her...

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project Excerpts

"This Is Me!": Discovering Yiddish Mexican Literature

Talia Margolis Chomstein, Yiddish activist based in Mexico City, describes how she discovered Yiddish Mexican literature and how it inspired her to be more involved in the Mexican Jewish community through Yiddish.

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project Excerpts

What People Don't Know About Yiddish Literature

Marvin Zuckerman, retired English and Yiddish professor, discusses the great number of Yiddish writers and publications at the height of Yiddish literature.

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project Excerpts

בילדער פון דער יידישער ליטעראטורגעשיכטע : פון דער אנהייבן ביז מענדעלע מוכר-ספרים

וויינרייך, מאקס

Bilder fun der Yidisher liṭeraṭurgeshikhṭe : fun der onheybn biz Mendele Mokher-Sefarim

Weinreich, Max, 1894-1969

Ṿilne : Farlag Ṭomor fun Yusef Ḳamermakher, 1928

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Spielberg Digital Yiddish Library

It's Foreign but Not Foreign: Reading Classic Yiddish Literature

Renate Fairweather, Yiddish teacher based in Oklahoma City, describes the feeling of reading classic works of Yiddish literature.

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project Excerpts

"Trying to Eat a Steak With a Butterknife": A Criticism of Analyzing Yiddish Literature with Theory

Ken Frieden, B.G. Rudolph Professor of Judaic Studies at Syracuse University, recounts a bit of criticism directed at his book Classic Yiddish Fiction from a "nativist" Yiddishist, who alleged that the book's application of literary theory to Yiddish...

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project Excerpts

"A Holy Mission": The Urgent Need to Translate Yiddish Literature

Rachel Rojanski, Professor of Judaic Studies at Brown University, reflects on the future of Yiddish and urges that the translation into Hebrew and English of the "treasure" that is Yiddish literature.

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project Excerpts

Sholem Aleichem's Gift: How My Grandfather Elevated Yiddish To A World Literature

Bel Kaufman, z"l, granddaughter of Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem and author of award-winning novels, speaks to her grandfather's passion for the Yiddish language and explains how his commitment to writing in Yiddish helped elevate its status and sig...

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project Excerpts

Finding Unexpected Connections: Why People Should Read Yiddish Literature

Talia Margolis Chomstein – Yiddish activist based in Mexico City – explains why reading can give such insight and knowledge about a culture or a group of people. She specifically talks about what Mexicans can learn from reading Mexican Yiddish litera...

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project Excerpts

שליסל צו די 100 בענד "מוסטערווערק פון דער יידישער ליטעראטור"

ראזשאנסקי, שמואל, 1902-

Shlisl tsu di 100 bend "Musṭerṿerḳ fun der Yidisher liṭeraṭur"

Rozshansḳi, Shemuʼel, 1902-

Buenos-Ayres : Liṭeraṭur-gezelshafṭ baym Yiṿo, 1985

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Spielberg Digital Yiddish Library

“I Recognized Something That Seemed Very Comfortable To Me”: Caraid O’Brien On Discovering Yiddish Culture Through A Love of Literature and Irish Culture

Caraid O'Brien—writer, performer, and director, including of Yiddish works—reflects on how she came to Yiddish through literature, and the parallels she immediately felt to the Irish culture she'd grown up with through her family.

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project Excerpts

"Yiddish Literature was funded on the proceeds of the sales of Cowboy hats"

Michael Wex talks about how relatives of Yiddish Poet, Esther Shumiatcher, funded Yiddish Literature by the sale of cowboy hats. The true cowboy hats, Smith Built not Stetsons.

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project Excerpts

Yiddish LIterature as Part of Larger Western Tradition

Ted Steinberg, Distinguished Teaching Professor at SUNY Fredonia, speaks about his current project of getting Yiddish literature recognized as world literature and the connections to the great Yiddish writers and the Western Canon.

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project Excerpts

Reading American Literature in Yiddish

Eli Rosenblatt, scholar of Jewish studies, discusses his view on translations of American literature into Yiddish.

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project Excerpts

לעקסיקאן פון ײדיש־שרײבערס : מיט הוספות און תיקונים צום לעקסיקאן פון דער נײער ײדישער ליטעראטור, און 5,800 פסעװדאנימען

כהן, בערל

Leḳsiḳon fun Yidish-shraybers : miṭ hesofes̀ un tiḳunim tsum Leḳsiḳon fun der nayer Yidisher liṭeraṭur, un 5,800 pseṿdonimen

Kagan, Berl

Nyu-Yorḳ : R. Ilman-Kohen, 1986

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Spielberg Digital Yiddish Library

גייט א ייד קיין ארץ-ישראל : פון דער יידישער ליטעראטור

באַנד: 75

Geyṭ a Yid ḳeyn Erets-Yiśroel fun der Yidisher liṭeraṭur : fragmenṭn fun forsharbeṭn tsu der kharaḳṭerisṭiḳ, zikhroynes̀, bilder

Volume: 75

Rozshansḳi, Shemuʼel, 1902-

Buenos Aires : Yosef Lifshits-fond fun der Liṭeraṭur-gezelshafṭ baym Yiṿo in Argenṭine, 1978

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Spielberg Digital Yiddish Library