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DER YIDDISH-VINKL April 2, 2004

In the section of the Yiddish Forward devoted to “Pearls of Yiddish Poetry,” Isaac Katsenelson is featured on the occasion of his 60th yahrzeit. He perished, along with one of his sons, at Auschwitz, where he had been transported after losing his wife and two other sons in the mass murder in the Warsaw Ghetto. What follows is an excerpt fromRead More


DER YIDDISH-VINKL March 26, 2004

For anyone interested in the development of Yiddish culture as embodied and reflected in Yiddish literature, Miriam Weinstein’s “Yiddish: A Nation of Words” will prove to be an interesting, intriguing and insightful masterpiece. Published by the Steerforth Press, this 300-page volume overflows with the tam of Yiddish.Each of the 19 tastyRead More


DER YIDDISH-VINKL March 19, 2004

The Yiddish Forward’s “Pearls of Yiddish Poetry” column recently was dedicated to Zussman Segalovish on the occasion of his 55th yahrzeit. His first poems appeared in Warsaw. They were written in the carefree spirit of a man of 25. The Holocaust turned him from laughter to lamentation. He saw the Holocaust through the eyes of someone who hadRead More


DER YIDDISH-VINKL March 12, 2004

Friday night, the eve of the Sabbath, has always held a special flavor for many Jews in many lands. Eleanor and Joseph Mlotek’s compilation “Songs of Generations: New Pearls of Yiddish Song,” has a song titled “Fraytik Oyf Der Nakht.” It first appeared in 1905 in sheet music without attribution to any author or composer.What follows is aRead More


DER YIDDISH-VINKL March 5, 2004

Regular readers of Der Vinkl will recall last week’s poem by the ever wise and witty Stanley Siegelman titled “Oy Vey, Oy Vey, der Bishop iz Gey.” He offers this follow-up in the same vein, “Hooray, Hooray, der Rebe iz Gey.” The poem is dedicated to Rabbi Lionel Blue, whom the Forward described in a recent article as “arguably the mostRead More


DER YIDDISH-VINKL February 27, 2004

Der Yiddish Vinkl received two of Stanley Siegelman’s inimitable witty poems written in reaction to current events. To prevent readers from misinterpreting the following poem as a snide Jewish poke at a Christian denomination, they are asked to read next week’s Vinkl as well, “Hooray, Hooray, der Rebbe iz Gey.” Oy Vey, Oy Vey, der BishopRead More


DER YIDDISH-VINKL February 20, 2004

Shmerke Kaczerginski was a Jewish poet who died 50 years ago. To commemorate the anniversary, the Yiddish Forward devoted one of its columns last month, “Pearls of Yiddish Poetry” to his life and his works. What follows are fragments of his work cited in the Yiddish Forward. The transliteration is by Goldie Gold. The English versions areRead More


DER YIDDISH-VINKL February 13, 2004

“Viagra” and “Niagara” sound very much alike. But, we are poetically assured by our ever-clever contributor Stanley Siegelman that they are not the same. He does so in his uproarious rollicking rhymes.

                      Viagra Iz Nit Keyn Vaserfal

                    

Viagra iz a voyle zakh

(A bisl shlingt men, nit kin sakh)

Es helft a man tsu zayn a man,Read More


A Wound Ripped Raw

By Leonard Fein

Who is Samir Kuntar, and why should we care?Kuntar is the Lebanese prisoner in an Israeli jail of whom Hezbollah’s Sheik Hassan Nasrallah spoke in his triumphant speech on the occasion of the puzzling prisoner exchange between his group and Israel last week. Nasrallah promised that the next prisoner whose release he will seek is the Lebanese…Read More


DER YIDDISH-VINKL February 6, 2004

Every other week, a page-plus of the Forverts is devoted to “Pearls of Yiddish Poetry,” edited by Eleanor “Chana” Mlotek. Each column carries a standard subhead, “In ondenk fun Yosef Mlotek” (In memory of Joseph Mlotek).Joseph “Yosl” Mlotek was a multitalented man. Not just a compiler of poems and songs,Read More





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