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Finding Yiddish through Women Writers

Zohar Weiman-Kelman--scholar of Queer Studies, Yiddish Studies, and Jewish literature--describes their journey to Yiddish. They explain their "crush" on Glückel of Hameln (a medieval woman diarist who wrote in Western Yiddish) which led to a Yiddish ...

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

"Look Through Yiddish at the World": Advice for Those Interested in Yiddish

Zohar Weiman-Kelman--scholar of Queer Studies, Yiddish Studies, and Jewish literature--advises people interested in the language. They say to first take joy in languages classes themselves, then use Yiddish to view other passions and interests.

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

Classification of Yiddish Books: Latin American, Mexican, Women, and Modern Literature

Liora Rapoport—coordinator of the library renovation project at CIM-ORT (Jewish School of Mexico City)—describes process of learning what books and themes interested different organizations through sorting the Yiddish books in the library's holdings.

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

די יוגנטלעכע בינע : געשיכטע פון די אידיש-העברעאישע דראמטישע געזעלשאפטן

טירקעל, דוד בער

Di yugnṭlekhe bine geshikhṭe fun di Idish-Hebreyishe dramaṭishe gezelshafṭn,

Tierkel, David Bear, 1874-1948

[Philadelphia] : Cultural Committee of the Hebrew Literature Society, 1940

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Spielberg Digital Yiddish Library

Translating Dr. Seuss and other Children's Literature into Yiddish

Zackary Sholem Berger - doctor by day, Yiddish translator, blogger, and activist by night - tells how he and his wife came to publish Yiddish translations of Dr. Seuss books and Curious George.

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

Inside or Outside: Closed Circles in the Yiddish World

Zohar Weiman-Kelman--scholar of Queer Studies, Yiddish Studies, and Jewish literature--reflects on the Yiddish world's "closed" nature. They discuss how historically and even now, radical politics and new Yiddish speakers are often excluded by rigoro...

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

Memories of Yiddish LIterature and Song at Shule

Rena Trefman Cobrinik, writer and educator, fondly remembers attending Yiddishe Shule. She recites a poem and sings a song she learned during this rich, educational experience.

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

"If Not Higher:" Discovering Jewish Values Through Yiddish Literature

Marlene Hait, raised in a Yiddish home by survivors of the Holocaust, speaks about I.L. Peretz's Yiddish story "If Not Higher" and discusses how it has inspired and informed her identity as a Jew.

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

צוזאמען : זאמלבוך פאר ליטעראטור, קונסט, יידישע פראבלעמען און דאקומענטאציע

Tsuzamen zamlbukh far liṭeraṭur, ḳunsṭ, Yidishe problemen un doḳumenṭatsye

Shnayderman, Sh. L, 1906-1996

Tel-Aviv : Y.L. Peretz, 1974

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Spielberg Digital Yiddish Library

Yiddish Rebelliousness, Pleasure, Corporeality of the Past

Zohar Weiman-Kelman--scholar of Queer Studies, Yiddish Studies, and Jewish literature--answers how their Yiddish scholarship has influenced her identity. They discuss the rebelliousness and social justice, and physicality and realness of history and ...

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

אין פרדס פון יידיש : (עסייען און אפהאנדלונגען)

יאנאסאוויטש, יצחק

In pardes fun Yidish : (eseyen un ophandlungen)

Yanasowicz, Itzhak, 1909-

Tel-Aviv : Farlag Y.L. Perets, 1980

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Spielberg Digital Yiddish Library

Who is Irena Klepfisz?: Mentor, Lesbian Yiddish Poetess

Zohar Weiman-Kelman--scholar of Queer Studies, Yiddish Studies, and Jewish literature--introduces their mentor and the subject of their work Irena Klepfisz. They found Klepfisz while searching for a radical lesbian Yiddish poetess, and since she has ...

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

Teaching Jewish Life and Values through Yiddish Literature

Mark Gerstein, z"l - former high school history teacher and Wexler Oral History Project volunteer - explains how he used English translations of four Yiddish short stories to teach his students about Jewish life and values.

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

The "Mysterious Alchemy" of Embracing Yiddish

Miriam Udel, assistant professor of German Studies and Jewish Studies at Emory University, speaks about the tension between English and Yiddish literature she felt in pursuing her doctoral degree. At some point, she let go of the need to position the...

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

My Father Read Classic Literature in Yiddish Translation—and Years Later Discussed It with his Aynikl (Grandson)

Anita Barlow, retired teacher and school librarian, describes how her father loved to read, despite the fact that he received little schooling and could not keep a large collection of books.

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

"Let's do our own little cottage industry of taping all the Yiddish classics": recording Yiddish talking books at the Montreal JPL

Ron Finegold - former employee of the Montreal Jewish Public Library - explains the idea behind recording audio book versions of all the classics of Yiddish literature. The Yiddish Book Center is currently digitizing these recordings.

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

An Uncertain Legacy: The Translation of Yiddish Sensibility in Works of Cynthia Ozick and Philip Roth

Aaron Lansky

Part of Yiddish Book Center Recorded Programs

Yiddish, A Plastic Language

Arnold Friedmann - German Jew and Emeritus Professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst - shares how his attitude toward Yiddish changed, how he developed a love for Yiddish literature, and his personal thoughts on the Yiddish language.

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

Speaking Directly to the Bubbies: Transmission Between Jewish Lesbian Writers and Yiddish Poetesses

Zohar Weiman-Kelman--scholar of Queer Studies, Yiddish Studies, and Jewish literature--discusses how they found the intersections between Queer Studies and Yiddish Studies in the nuances of cultural transmission, encountering the role of lesbian Jewi...

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

Studying Yiddish is like an Onion

Professor Yechiel Szeintuch, scholar of Yiddish literature, describes how studying Yiddish is similar to peeling an onion.

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