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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


DER YIDDISH-VINKL July 16, 2004

The power of song in the making of human history is often underestimated. Way back in 1382, a British preacher, John Ball, wrote a short song that inspired the peasant revolution of the time. It ran: “When Adam dug and Eve span, who was then the gentleman?” The melody was repeated in the German peasant revolution of 1525, to the words:Read More


DER YIDDISH-VINKL July 9, 2004

Of all the religious rituals in the world, one would think that the mikvah is distinctly Jewish. But that is no longer so. An interdenominational mikvah has opened up in Newton, Mass. It is not for women alone. Now men and children may participate. People are invited to celebrate all sorts of occasionsRead More


DER YIDDISH-VINKL June 25, 2004

Among the audience members at Guest Night at the Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring lodge in August 1987 was Shaia Sheinkman — a talented sculptor, painter, poet and play producer who, in later years, was known as the father of Jack Sheinkman, who was president of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America. To lift the downcast mood of the rainyRead More


DER YIDDISH-VINKL June 18, 2004

For our regular contributor, Stanley Siegelman, whatever may be happening anywhere, no matter how far away or seemingly obscure, serves as an inspiration for his Yinglish versification and his delightfully delicious sense of humor. This time, he reaches all the way to Israel to inform us about a Hebrew version of Cosmopolitan, a magazineRead More


DER YIDDISH-VINKL June 11, 2004

Avrom-Ber Gotlober (1811-1889), recently featured in the pages of the Yiddish Forverts devoted to Pearls of Yiddish Poetry, was a multitalented poet, songwriter and performer whose name apparently contradicted his entire life course. The name “Gotlober” suggests that he was one who praised and loved God, but his life ran in aRead More


DER YIDDISH-VINKL June 4, 2004

Once more, Stanley Siegelman returns to “Der Vinkl” to tickle our funny bones. His present effort is difficult to “trump,” in part because his subject is no less than the Donald himself and his repetitive “husbandry.” (Is the third time the charm?)What follows are Siegelman’s Yiddish and English versions of a new poem, “TheRead More


DER YIDDISH-VINKL May 28, 2004

On the occasion of his 50th yahrzeit, the poet Y.Y. Sigal is featured in the pages of the Forward devoted to “Pearls of Yiddish Poetry.” A resident of Montreal, Sigal won fame in both Canada and the United States. Leonard Bernstein’s “Arias and Barcaroles” includes one of Sigal’s poems, titled “Oyf Mayn Khasene.” It is sungRead More


DER YIDDISH-VINKL May 21, 2004

Over centuries, Passover has had many meanings for many different people. Benjamin Franklin, for instance, proposed that the seal of the United States should be a design depicting the Israelites crossing the Red Sea. One of the most famous Negro spirituals calls upon Moses to “go down to Egypt land and tell old Pharaoh to let my peopleRead More





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