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DER YIDDISH-VINKL October 31, 2003

Al Grand, whose masterful translations of Gilbert and Sullivan’s works returns to Der Vinkl once more with a few of his laugh-provoking translations from his “Yam Gazlonim” (“Pirates of Penzance”). What follows is his submission to our readers, along with an announcement about a forthcomingRead More


DER YIDDISH-VINKL October 24, 2003

With the High Holy Days behind us, it seems timely to recall a little story in Ruth Levitan’s ever entertaining collection titled “Lakh a Bisl, Lakh a Sakh.” The English translation is by Gus Tyler.

                      Yom Toyvim

                    

A goy hot zikh amol megayer geven. S’iz grade geven in mitn vinter. Az s’iz gekumen Rosh-Khoydesh Shvat, iz viRead More


DER YIDDISH-VINKL October 17, 2003

“Leyner Dermonen zikh Lider” (“Readers Recall Songs”) is a recurrent feature in the Yiddish Forward. Yosef Rosenblum, a concentration camp survivor who now lives in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, recently wrote a column about the following song. He asked readers whether they recalled hearing it; if so, where, and if they knew who the author mightRead More


DER YIDDISH-VINKL October 10, 2003

As Columbus Day approaches, we are reminded of the dual and contrary views held by Jewish immigrants at the turn of the 20th century regarding Christopher Columbus. To some, he was the heaven-sent explorer who brought a goldene medine (a sort of secondary promised land) to the wandering Jew. To others, whose experiences in this strange land wereRead More


DER YIDDISH-VINKL October 3, 2003

By now, readers of this column must be fairly well acquainted with the laugh-evoking, thought-provoking rhymes of Stanley Siegelman. Now, in the spirit of “equal opportunity” and fair play, Siegelman comes forth with a mirthful suggestion, inspired by Der Yidish Vinkl.

                      Tvinkl, Tvinkl, Goyish Vinkl

                    

Zol mir ale zayn tsufridnRead More


DER YIDDISH-VINKL September 19, 2003

On August 12, 1952, the most famous Jewish writers in the Soviet Union were “liquidated” by order of Stalin. There was no reason other than the fact that they were Jewish and enjoyed fame. To memorialize these “martyrs,” the Forverts devoted its page on “Pearls of Yiddish Poetry” to excerpts of their works. What follows areRead More


DER YIDDISH-VINKL September 12, 2003

To most Yiddish readers, Moyshe Nadir, ne Yitskhok Rayz, is known as a great satirist — which he was. But he was also a man of many other moods who wrote about his lifelong homesickness for his shtetl, his loneliness, his disillusionments, his despair. For his 60th yahrzeit, the Forverts devoted its columns on “The PearlsRead More


DER YIDDISH-VINKL September 5, 2003

Our steady readers must, by now, be well acquainted with the ever-punning and provocative poet Stanley Siegelman. His pieces on a Jewish president, Senator Hillary Clinton’s confessions, dog bar mitzvahs and the Supreme Court decision on gays have left their indelible mark as cutting commentaries on the follies of our times. This time, hisRead More


DER YIDDISH-VINKL August 29, 2003

A half-century ago, the name Ruth Rubin was almost synonymous with Jewish folk songs. A singer, recording artist, scholar of Jewish lore, writer and translator, she edited a charming collection titled “Jewish Folk Songs (In Yiddish and English).”In the foreword of Rubin’s book, Moses Asch wrote: “Today [Rubin] ranks as one of theRead More


DER YIDDISH-VINKL August 22, 2003

Stanley Siegelman seems to be as prolific as his timely, topical poems are terrific. Just a few weeks ago, we ran his poem about the White House with a president named Joseph Lieberman. While readers were still giggling, he sent us a second bit of brittle, brilliant humor on Senator Hillary Clinton’s biography. And now, here is aRead More





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