Sam Zerin blogs about raising his son in Yiddish. You can read all of his previous entries, including the blog’s introduction, on his website.
By Sam Zerin
Is Screen Time Helpful for Bilingual Babies?
Parenting would be so much easier if babies came with manuals! Well, the good news is, there are seemingly millions of baby manuals sold in bookstores and parenting blogs. The bad news is, they all contradict each other, as Ava Neyer has brilliantly demonstrated in her hilarious blog post, “I Read All The Baby Sleep…
Yes, You Will Have Haters. Speak to Your Kids in Another Language Anyway.
My mother’s parents spoke Yiddish when they didn’t want the kids to know what they were talking about. Yeah – her parents, and everyone else’s, too! Of course, it’s ironic that now I’m speaking Yiddish – and only Yiddish – with my own child, specifically so that he’ll learn and use the language. It’s also…
Adapting ‘Boy Books’ and ‘Girl Books’ for a Progressive, Yiddish-Speaking Family
In my latest blog post, I complained about the gendered struggles I face, as a liberal Yiddish-speaking father, while reading and singing Yiddish children’s books and songs to my son. On one hand, I’m faced with a mother-oriented literature that erases my own lived experience as a father who changes diapers, cooks meals, brings his…
Daddies Can Read to Their Children, Too!
I’m a young father, raising my (currently 1-year-old) son in Yiddish. I speak, read, and sing to him exclusively in Yiddish, while my wife uses primarily English. It’s been a wonderful experience, but it’s also been strange and complicated, for many reasons, and not least of all because of my gender. As I explained in…
Fire, Fire! The Challenges of ‘Kid Brain vs. Adult Brain’
Last week, I was invited to read a Yiddish poem at the first of our library’s “Favorite Poem Community Readings.” The event, which happened last night, is part of a national, decades-long peace initiative called the Favorite Poem Project, in which Americans are asked to transcend divisive cultural boundaries by reading each other their favorite…
In season 4 of ‘Fauda,’ Israeli tactics come under fire — and so do the show’s heroes
‘Saturday Night Live’ mocks George Santos’ Jewish claims
Why Bob Dylan’s haunting comeback album sounds just as Jewish as it ever did
What David Crosby taught me when he kicked me out of his hotel room
In Case You Missed It
Yeshiva University fans prepare to welcome back Ryan Turell for his first G League game in New York — right after Shabbat
Forwarding the News
On the ground at Auschwitz on this International Holocaust Remembrance Day
We’re visiting Auschwitz because the fight against antisemitism didn’t end with liberation
טשיקאַוועסן: ערשטער תּל־אָבֿיבֿער האָטעל עפֿנט זיך ווידער; 50% אַמעריקאַנער ווייסן ווייניק וועגן חורבןTidbits: First hotel in Tel Aviv re-opens; 50% Americans know little about the Holocaust
צווישן די אָנגעזעענע געסט במשך פֿון די יאָרן זענען געווען דוד בן־גוריון און אַלבערט אײַנשטײַן.