Ruth Wisse pioneered the academic study of Yiddish. As she approaches retirement, she talks about her brilliant literary career — and her right-wing political polemic.

Ezra Glinter

Ruth Wisse pioneered the academic study of Yiddish. As she approaches retirement, she talks about her brilliant literary career — and her right-wing political polemic.Read More

On Language

Heart and Sole of the Matter

Heart and Sole of the Matter

By Philologos

In Yiddish ‘Padeshve’ can refer to the sole of the foot, though it generally refers to the sole of a shoe. ‘Pyate’ is the term most often used for the sole of the foot.Read More


Obituary

A Poet's Life Spanning Shtetl and Subway

A Poet's Life Spanning Shtetl and Subway

By Emily Socolov

Born in 1920, Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman embodied her mother’s musical talent and her father’s poetic soul and love of Yiddish. Emily Socolov remembers her mother-in-law.Read More


Literature

Will the Real Sholem Aleichem Please Stand Up?

Will the Real Sholem Aleichem Please Stand Up?

By Ezra Glinter

Is 'Fiddler on the Roof' a celebration of Sholem Aleichem, or a contamination of his legacy? Two new books examine the question from two very different perspectives.Read More


News

Klezmatics Given Lifetime Achievement Award at YIVO

Klezmatics Given Lifetime Achievement Award at YIVO

By Jon Kalish

In the mid 1980s several key figures in the klezmer revival movement had day jobs at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. So, perhaps it was only fitting that The Klezmatics were given a lifetime achievement award at YIVO’s Manhattan headquarters November 19.Read More


Obituary

Mother of Yiddish Music

Mother of Yiddish Music

By Itzik Gottesman

Chana Mlotek, an archivist and scholar, reestablished Yiddish folksong research after the Holocaust. She was once called the 'Sherlock Holmes of Yiddish Song.'Read More


Music

Rapping About ‘My Yiddishe Mame’

Rapping About ‘My Yiddishe Mame’

By Rukhl Schaechter

Mayer Goldberg knocks out a mean version of 'Mein Yiddishe Mama.' But he's topped by a young Jewish rapper who tells about his youthful rebellion in hip-hop style.Read More


Film

How To Make a New Yiddish Film

How To Make a New Yiddish Film

By Jordan Kutzik

Director Naomi Jaye didn't speak a work of Yiddish, but that didn't stop her from making 'The Pin,' an all-Yiddish film now playing in New York.Read More


Forward Looking Back

Brooklyn Macaroni Maker Shoots Jewish Tailor in Hypnotism Spat

Brooklyn Macaroni Maker Shoots Jewish Tailor in Hypnotism Spat

By Eddy Portnoy

Benjamin Zeidler, a tailor from the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, heard five gunshots ring out in quick succession as he was sitting at his sewing machine. Zeidler stood up to see what the commotion was about when he realized that he had been shot in his right arm.Read More


Forward Looking Back

Jewish Pimp From Brownsville Faces Long Arm of Justice

Jewish Pimp From Brownsville Faces Long Arm of Justice

By Eddy Portnoy

After days of deliberation, the jury in the trial of Avrom Belkin was still unable to come to a decision. On trial for forcing a young woman into prostitution, Minsk-born Belkin claimed he was innocent.Read More


Books

The Education of Abraham Cahan (and Seth Lipsky)

The Education of Abraham Cahan (and Seth Lipsky)

By Ezra Glinter

As Seth Lipsky details in his engaging new biography of Ab Cahan, the battle between universal values and Jewish interests was a constant struggle for the legendary Forward editor.Read More


Throwback Thursday

She Interviewed Hitler

She Interviewed Hitler

By Chana Pollack

Dorothy Thompson, often called the “First Lady of American journalism,” is pictured here in 1927 on her honeymoon, traveling by caravan with her first husband, novelist Sinclair Lewis.Read More


Forward Looking Back

Man Murders Wife, Eats Blintzes

Man Murders Wife, Eats Blintzes

By Eddy Portnoy

Morris Gold, 46, was arrested and charged with murdering his wife, Julia Gold, who supported him financially. He told police that he lost control after his wife told him she would no longer give him any money.Read More


Book Excerpt

Ab Cahan, the Jewish Newspaperman Who Kept the World Moving Forward

Ab Cahan, the Jewish Newspaperman Who Kept the World Moving Forward

By Seth Lipsky

Abraham Cahan had been dead for nearly 40 years when Seth Lipsky arrived at the Forward, but his presence was very much alive. Lipsky recalls that presence in his new biography.Read More


Forward Looking Back

Sensation Rocks the Leo Frank Murder Trial

Sensation Rocks the Leo Frank Murder Trial

By Eddy Portnoy

A man who hopes to be a witness at the Leo Frank trial in Atlanta offered sensational information on the case.Read More


Theater

The 'Godot' We've All Been Waiting For

The 'Godot' We've All Been Waiting For

By Ezra Glinter

There’s a lot that’s perfect about doing Samuel Beckett's classic play 'Waiting for Godot' in Yiddish. We just needed this new production to realize it.Read More


Forward Looking Back

Wayward Husband Returns to Kill Ex-Wife in Shocking Murder-Suicide

Wayward Husband Returns to Kill Ex-Wife in Shocking Murder-Suicide

By Eddy Portnoy

Morris and Bessie Rosenthal had a good business and a good life with their six small children. But he fell in love with another woman, and left his wife and kids to move to Chicago with his new love. Just before he left, he sold the business and left his wife and kids with nothing.Read More


Exhibits

Google, Moscow Jewish Museum Launch Virtual Exhibition

Google, Moscow Jewish Museum Launch Virtual Exhibition

By JTA

Google and Moscow’s main Jewish Museum launched a virtual exhibition on Russian Jewish theater. The museum, opened in November 2012, is the sixth Russian cultural institution to team up with Google, according to the Komersant newspaper.Read More


Obituary

Jewish Folklorist Dov Noy Dies at 92

Jewish Folklorist Dov Noy Dies at 92

By Itzik Gottesman

When Dov Noy would lecture he would look upwards and seemingly draw his inspiration from the upper spheres. But Noy, who was expert in the folklore of numerous Jewish “tribes,” developed his profound knowledge from earthbound ethnography and research.Read More


News

YIVO Institute For Jewish Research Appoints First Kronhill Visiting Scholar

YIVO Institute For Jewish Research Appoints First Kronhill Visiting Scholar

By Ezra Glinter

The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research has appointed Stanford University Jewish history scholar Steven Zipperstein as its first Jacob Kronhill visiting scholar.Read More


News

YIVO Institute for Jewish Research Dismisses Dean of Max Weinreich Center

YIVO Institute for Jewish Research Dismisses Dean of Max Weinreich Center

By Ezra Glinter

The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research has dismissed the dean of its Max Weinreich Center for Advanced Jewish Studies and eliminated the position, according to YIVO executive director Jonathan Brent. Paul Glasser, a linguist and columnist for the Forverts was previously in the position.Read More


Essay

Born Again in Yiddish

Born Again in Yiddish

By Yisrael Feuerman

When Yisrael Feuerman was a child, he watched as a Yiddish phrase spoken by his father to the bereaved provided comfort. Today, he calls himself a Yiddish speaker, reborn.Read More


Theater

Yiddish Godot Arrives at Last

Yiddish Godot Arrives at Last

By Ezra Glinter

The New Yiddish Rep will be partnering with the Castillo Theater to mount a Yiddish production of 'Waiting for Godot' from September 20 to October 13.Read More


History

Does Haunting Photo Show Singin' Jewish Twins?

Does Haunting Photo Show Singin' Jewish Twins?

By Chana Pollack

A haunting show-biz photo sent a Forward archivist scurrying to the vaults — and our readers' memories — for answers. Is it a piece in the strange puzzle of forgotten twin singing stars?Read More


Opinion

How Yiddish Could Save the Jewish People

How Yiddish Could Save the Jewish People

By Jordan Kutzik

Jews fret about the impact of intermarriage and religious practice on the community's future in America. They should focus on saving the Yiddish language instead.Read More


Profile

Lipa Speaks

Lipa Speaks

By Frimet Goldberger

Lipa Schmeltzer is a true exception in the Haredi world, both because of his music and his personality. He talks with us about the challenges of standing out.Read More


Literature

Naftali Herts Kon's Works Wrenched Out of Poland's Clutches

Naftali Herts Kon's Works Wrenched Out of Poland's Clutches

By Paul Berger

Naftali Herts Kon's works were burned by the KGB and later seized by Polish Communists. Years after the Cold War, his writings are finally coming home.Read More