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DER YIDDISH-VINKL November 5, 2004

Ruth Rubin’s book “Jewish Folk Songs,” published about a half-century ago, remains one of the treasure troves of Yiddishkeit in America. The multitalented Rubin was a performer, a recording artist and a translator of Yiddish folk songs into English. What follows is one of her masterpieces, titled “Sheyn Bin Ikh, Sheyn.”Read More


DER YIDDISH-VINKL October 22, 2004

On the occasion of her 60th yahrzeit, the Yiddish Forverts featured Miriam Ulinover on its page dedicated to Pearls of Yiddish Poetry. Orphaned as a child, she was raised by her grandmother, to whom she dedicated a book of poetry titled “Der Bubbe’s Oytser” (“Grandma’s Treasure”). Ulinover described her poetry in the following lines:Read More


DER YIDDISH-VINKL October 15, 2004

Mothers-in-law have for ages been a matter of concern to folk who are marrying off a daughter. Will the mekhuteneste move in and try to dictate the behavior of her daughter-in-law? Apparently, this is not uncommon. Rarely, however, has anyone tried to write a song depicting the troublesome relationship between a bride’s parents and herRead More


DER YIDDISH-VINKL October 8, 2004

As the Jewish New Year approached, the pages of the Forverts devoted to Pearls of Yiddish Poetry ran several poems by different authors about Rosh Hashanah. They were all written in the past, and refer to these poets’ feelings and thoughts about the New Year at that time. What follows is a poem by Shimen Frug titled “Dos Kvitl” (“TheRead More


DER YIDDISH-VINKL October 1, 2004

An old Yiddish ditty advises us about the drinking habits of a yid and a goy: Shiker iz a goy

Shiker iz er, trinken miz er,

Vayl er iz a goy.

Nikhter iz a yid

Nikhter iz er, davnen miz er

Vayl er iz a yid. But this easy characterization of the drinking habits of Jews and Gentiles is refuted in other popular Yiddish songs, suchRead More


DER YIDDISH-VINKL September 24, 2004

The pages of the August 6 edition of the Forverts devoted to Pearls of Jewish Poetry featured Alef Katz on the occasion of his 35th yahrzeit. When he came to the United States in 1913, Katz devoted himself to writing poetry in Hebrew. Subsequently, he wrote poems in Yiddish and English. He believed that there was “poetry inRead More


DER YIDDISH-VINKL September 17, 2004

For our consistent contributor, Stanley Siegelman, no subject — no matter how lofty or lowly — escapes his prolific and potent pen, commonly dipped in a mad mix of acid and honey. Here’s his latest. NEWS ITEM: At least five women working at the United Nations charged that the organization’s high commissioner for refugees has sexuallyRead More


DER YIDDISH-VINKL September 10, 2004

This column is the third in a series by Dr. Barnett Zumoff. The selections were chosen by Zumoff in response to our asking him to let us know which of his countless translations of Yiddish poetry into English is his very personal favorite. He told us that there was no single one, but that he did have three favorites. The final poem in the seriesRead More


DER YIDDISH-VINKL August 27, 2004

His patients know him as Dr. Barnett Zumoff, head of the department of endocrinology and metabolism at Beth Israel Hospital in New York City. Members of The Forward Association and the Arbeter Ring know him as a macher — an important person — in these and other institutions and movements in American Jewish life. Readers of this column shouldRead More


DER YIDDISH-VINKL July 23, 2004

On the occasion of his 55th yahrzeit, Perets Hirshbeyn was featured in the pages of the Forverts devoted to the “Pearls of Yiddish Poetry.” Hirshbeyn was a man of multiple talents and worldwide interests. He is best known as a playwright and theatrical impresario who organized the first Yiddish art theater. He was a world traveler setting footRead More





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