Because smoking is permitted on the holiday but lighting them isn’t, Jews would offer their lit cigarettes to Jewish passers-by.
Haym Isaacs’ book describes the ancient chalitzah ceremony and other unique Jewish customs in a surprisingly positive light.
What does an authentic Yiddish singing style sound like? It all depends on the singer’s age — and where they grew up.
Chana Mlotek, an archivist and scholar, reestablished Yiddish folksong research after the Holocaust. She was once called the ‘Sherlock Holmes of Yiddish Song.’
Radio personality Isaiah Sheffer died today in New York at age 76. Sheffer was co-founder and artistic director of the performing art center Symphony Space on the upper west side of Manhattan, and was known nationally as the long time host of the public radio series “Selected Shorts,” which began in 1985. Sheffer started Symphony Space in 1978 with the conductor Alan Miller, and turned a run down theater into one of the most active cultural centers in New York. Sheffer stepped down from the post in 2009.
When the Titanic went down, the entire world not only talked about this event but also sang about the tragedy — the Yiddish speaking-masses included.