Yiddish literature

The dramas of Vilna in the 1920s are not so far removed from the dramas an Orthodox rabbi’s wife sees playing out in the 2020s.

Avital Chizhik-Goldschmidt
Sept. 30 2021 12:01AM

S. Ansky’s radical yeshiva boys used to seem unreal. But observing today’s political scene has taught me to understand them.

Sept. 9 2021 12:01AM

“He told me, looking over his shoulder though no one was eavesdropping, that he liked Reagan.”

Robert King
July 26 2021 12:01AM

A story.

Avraham Sutzkever
July 19 2021 12:01AM

“There is only one joy: to increase and not to lessen the world’s joy.”

Isaac Bashevis Singer and David Stromberg
May 20 2021 12:01AM

Moshkeleh the Thief.

Curt Leviant and Sholem Aleichem
March 24 2021 12:01AM

Four generations of Blinkens.

Jan. 27 2021 12:01AM

A great Yiddish poet’s tale of defiance in the death camps, and a Jaffa cafeteria.

Avrom Sutzkever
Jan. 22 2021 12:01AM

The author of “My Quarrel with Hersh Rasseyner” was alienated from traditional religion not because of Orthodoxy in general but because of his yeshiva’s misanthropic separatism.

Jan. 20 2021 12:01AM

Hersh Rasseyner is inescapable. The guy-yelling-at-you figure reappears in each generation, going back to when even Moses pulled a “Hersh” for the entire book of Deuteronomy.

Dec. 21 2020 12:01AM

“If Jews had the fortitude to believe in victory over the Greeks, then we could not now surrender our trust in defeating our enemy.”

Elie Wiesel
Dec. 18 2020 12:01AM

The first complete translation of the Yiddish classic, in which former classmates rediscover one another after the Holocaust and resume their old debates about God, man, and history.

Dec. 7 2020 12:02AM

How I came to translate one of the greatest stories in all of Yiddish literature, a work that I believe uniquely illuminates the debate at the very center of Jewish modernity.

Dec. 7 2020 12:01AM