The memoirs of the Ukrainian author Yuri Smolich reveal interesting aspects of the Soviet Yiddish writer’s personality and ideology.
During the nineteenth century, romance and spiritual quests convinced a surprising number of Russian Jews to embrace Christianity.
The book covers the poet’s Hebrew work and complex personality, but not his Yiddish poems which reveal a different side to his personality.
During World War II, non-Jewish Polish writers stationed in Palestine drew their imagery and symbols from the land’s scenery and Jewish way of life.
Boris Sandler has retired from the helm of the Yiddish Forward. But he continues to be one of the most imaginative writers in the language. Mikhail Krutikov assesses Sandler’s pivotal role in Yiddish literature.
Alexander Ilichevsky started out as a math whiz growing up in Moscow and made his name in Silicon Valley. Then, he set his sights on the world of literature.
Was Sir Moses Haim Montefiore the first Jewish celebrity of the modern age? A strong affirmative is the thesis of Abigail Green’s “Moses Montefiore: Jewish Liberator, Imperial Hero,” a biography of the most famous Jew of the 19th century.
In the poem “Dream,” Boris Slutsky laconically summed up two defining facts of his generation: “Nineteen is the year of birth, age twenty-two in year forty-one.”
Best known in Russia as a poet of the Second World War, Slutsky belonged to the first — and last — generation of writers whose lives were spent completely under Communist rule. Like most members of that generation, the war split his life in two.
A version of this post appeared in Yiddish here.