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September 2020: Handpicked
David is the Yiddish Book Center's bibliographer and editorial director. After delving into his selections, scroll down to read a short interview with David about his choices.
May 2018: Handpicked
There are few people more uniquely qualified to delve into the Center's collections as Eitan Kensky. He's been instrumental in discovering and curating a range of materials—not just books, but also recordings, translations, and digital collections.
The Chained Wife, an Excerpt
An excerpt of Maria Lerner's play about the plight of the agune, or abandoned wife.
Neighbors Over the Fence
An excerpt from A rege fun emes by Blume Lempel, translated by Ellen Cassedy and Yermiyahu Ahron Taub
By photographer-novelist Alter Kacyzne, a photograph-in-words of Warsaw in the early twentieth century. Translated by Mandy Cohen and Michael Casper.
2019: The Year in Review
A look at the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project 2019 year.
By Dvoyre Fogel, translated by Anastasiya Lyubas. What even...
An excerpt from Iberflants by Avrom Rives, translated by Avi Lang
An excerpt from Shtot un shtetl, by Sarah Hamer-Jacklyn, translated by Allison Posner
Diary of a Lonely Girl, or The Battle Against Free Love: Reading Resources
The fourth and final selection for the 2021 Great Jewish Books Book Club
The Smith; Or, A Tale of a Man Who Poisoned His Wife
By M. J. Berdyczewski, translated by James Adam Redfield A sober reflection on morality and amorality within the constraints of the shtetl
An epistolary romance with a twist, by H. D. Nomberg, translated by Daniel Kennedy
This excerpt from Spiegelblatt's 2003 collection Shadows Knock on the Windows explores memory and loss.