leshone toyve (to a good year)! Henryk Robak remembers the cantors who sung at High Holiday services at the Great Synagogue of Warsaw, where he spent his childhood before World War Two.
With the stocks in the news so much this week, we couldn’t help but think of this clip from Arthur Klein, z”l, about his memories of the Great Depression.
Kathryn Hellerstein fondly remembers her weekly tutoring sessions with Yiddish poet Malka Heifetz Tussman and the friendship that grew between them.
“What Hitler couldn’t take away from us with his hatred, America won’t take away from us with her goodness.” Elliott Palevsky reflects on why his Holocaust-survivor parents insisted on raising their children in a Yiddish-speaking household in America.
We are mourning the loss of Theodore (Theo) Bikel, z”l – actor, musician, and activist who entertained and inspired a generation – who passed away last month. Here he reflects (in Yiddish) on what inspired him to start performing Yiddish music.
At Camp Boiberik, Yiddish was used everywhere – even in the names of the age groups, Chana Schachner recalls.
Lynn Yanis reflects on how she authentically expresses her Jewish identity – in the kitchen.
Michael Winograd, whose band Yiddish Art Trio plays this week at the Yiddish Book Center’s Yidstock 2015: The Festival of New Yiddish Music, reflects on why people go to see live music – even when money is tight.
Paul Berg remembers his burgeoning career as a child actor on a Yiddish soap opera and doing stand-up comedy in the Catskills – and why his parents put an end to it.
Lekoved (in honor of) the Fourth of July (U.S. Independence Day), Arnold Friedmann reflects on his appreciation for America as a Jewish immigrant.