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The Baddest Yiddish-Speaking Jews of Warsaw and New York

By On October 18, 2017

Eddy Portnoy’s just-released Bad Rabbi and Other Strange but True Stories from the Yiddish Press reminds us that not all Jewish immigrants and migrants did well. Sure, some became doctors, lawyers, and… Read More

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The New Yiddish Film ‘Menashe’ Feels Both Foreign and Brooklyn All At Once

By On July 27, 2017

Menashe, a new dramatic film by filmmaker Joshua Z. Weinstein and out with A24, was shot entirely in Brooklyn’s Hasidic neighborhood of Borough Park; the language spoken is Yiddish; and much of… Read More

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A Jewish Cult Poet and His Famous Anti-Semitic Friend

By On May 17, 2017

If you’re familiar with Ezra Pound, the king of modernist poetry, then you’re probably aware of his notorious anti-Semitism. What you might not know is that a Jewish Marxist poet with a… Read More

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Hip, Strange Yiddish Music Videos Straight Outta Germany

By On May 9, 2017

“Everything has an end–only the sausage has two.” It’s not the only German idiom involving sausage (there are many), but so far as we know it is the only one to first… Read More

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Your Bubbe Might Have Studied at These Yiddish Schools

By On May 8, 2017

In 1930s NYC, a young Jewish boy becomes a shoe-shiner and joins a street gang when his father loses his job. Through his various misadventures, he learns that the gang’s life of… Read More

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Why Non-Jewish Nurses Studied Yiddish in 1930s Detroit

By On April 19, 2017

No one blinks an eye at an American studying French, or a Frenchman studying Spanish. Non-Jews studying Yiddish, on the other hand, have always attracted a lot of attention. Maybe it has… Read More

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NYC’s Bygone Era of Jewish Romanian Steakhouses

By On March 31, 2017

These days people in search of a nice kosher meal wind up at a kosher version of anything from Japanese to French to good old Chinese. But if you were around New York… Read More

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This Yiddish Ventriloquist Taught Tina Fey the Tricks of His Trade

By On February 28, 2017

Yiddish for dummies? Nope, it’s not the title of a paperback designed to get you back in touch with the mame-loshn — it’s what gets spoken during Jonathan Geffner’s Yiddish ventriloquist act. That’s… Read More

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Fraggle Rock’s Yiddish-Speaking Trash Heap Named Marjory

By On February 14, 2017

Who do you go to when you need advice, along with a little sass? If you were a Fraggle, you would have gone to Marjory the Trash Heap, a miracle of puppet… Read More

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The Nazi History of This Yiddish Protest Banner

By On January 23, 2017

Among the sea of signs, pink hats, and protesters that flooded the streets of New York City at Saturday’s Women’s March was one standout: A bright red banner with hand-lettered lyrics from… Read More

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The Yiddish Tale Behind the Thanksgiving Turkey

By On November 23, 2016

Why do we eat turkey on Thanksgiving? There are lots of explanations, but socialist Jews have the best one. It appears in a 50-year-old Yiddish story, “Farvos est men indik tenksgiving” originally… Read More

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Betty Boop’s Secret Jewish Past

By On September 26, 2016

In the summer of 1930, a Viennese Jewish immigrant named Max Fleischer created an anthropomorphized poodle named Betty Boop. The pooch waited tables and sang in a cartoon called “Dizzy Dishes.” But… Read More