People have started asking me what I’d prefer to have my grandchild call me and I admit the question has consumed me. There’s no doubt I want to be called by the Yiddish word for grandmother, bubbe — and here’s why.__
We offer a Top Ten List of new words that have been introduced in the Comprehensive English Yiddish Dictionary.
The Comprehensive English-Yiddish dictionary is a reliable guide to day’s Yiddish — including a number of neologisms. Want to know how to say “panic attack?” Or “speakerphone?” This is the dictionary for you.
Hasidic singer Chaim Shlomo Mayesz just released a Yiddish adaptation of Justin Bieber’s hit song ‘Love Yourself’ and it’s so good!
Hasidic pop star Lipa Schmeltzer recently delivered a pair of newly-designed silver yarmulkes for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle.
In a coup of sorts for the Yiddish theater, Yiddish productions of both “Death of a Salesman” and “The Golden Bride” have been nominated for Drama Desk awards.
A version of this article first appeared in Yiddish in the Forverts.
In 1996, Asher Abramovitz, the longtime principal of Kinneret Day School, a non-denominational community school in Riverdale, New York, received an unusual proposition: Aaron Frank, the 27 year-old assistant rabbi of a local Orthodox synagogue, offered to meet weekly with the school’s mostly non-observant eighth graders to chat about Jewish ethics and philosophy, a sort of Judaism 101.
In ‘Son of Saul,’ which has nabbed an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film, Geza Rohrig plays a member of the Sonderkommando. The Orthodox actor talks about his encounter with one of the last remaining members of those units in the Nazi death camps.
It looked like Beth Hamedrash Hagadol of Washington Heights wouldn’t make it to its 100th birthday. But an infusion of new blood has transformed the venerable shul — and others in Manhattan’s northermost tip.