Sam Zerin discusses the challenges of the “Kid Brain” vs. “Adult Brain” and of memorizing Yiddish poetry.
Fira Bramson, a Vilna librarian who was crucial to the post-Communist rescue of Lithuanian Jewry’s literary legacy, passed away at the age of 91 on June 12.
Last year Yiddish Soul was the highlight of the Folksbiene’s Kulturfest, a festival that featured hundreds of performances over eight packed days and attracted tens of thousands of attendees. At the time, I wrote in the Yiddish Forward that this high-profile concert of Hasidic and cantorial music, presented as part of SummerStage in Central Park, was the festival’s most important program. I believed this to be the case not only because it was one of the festival’s strongest concerts but also because it attracted an unusually diverse audience of Hasidic, secular and Modern Orthodox Jews who came to enjoy an evening of Yiddish music. I argued that the concert could help the fortunes of Yiddish among Modern Orthodox Jews who generally see the language as old-fashioned and irrelevant at best.
A Montreal theater is reviving Mel Brooks’s anti-fascist satire “The Producers” in the creator’s own mameloshn, or mother tongue.
Science has finally provided evidence of what Jewish “Star Wars” fans long suspected: Yoda is a member of the tribe — or at least he speaks like one.
When documentary photographer Richard Schofield stumbled upon a trove of unidentified prewar photographs in September 2013 in the storage room of the Sugihara House museum in Kaunas, Lithuania, he knew he had found something special.
Despite what Dr. Eran Elhaik claims, four villages in ancient Turkey that once had names similar to ‘Ashkenaz’ are not the cradle of the Yiddish language, Jordan Kutzik argues.
Mexico City’s Jewish community is known for its Yiddish character, thanks in part to the efforts of an American who married into the community.
While many are grappling to offer explanations for the unlikely rise of Donald Trump, an obscure Yiddish word may actually have predicted his success.
A version of this article first appeared in Yiddish in the Forverts.