Weekly Bite of Yiddishkayt: “Asch: A Yiddish Writer Ahead of His Time”

Lekoved (in honor of) Yiddish writer Sholem Asch’s 57th yortsayt (July 10, 1957), his great-grandson David Mazower reflects on Asch’s modern and somtimes controversial work.

Shimon Alperovitch, z”l, 1928-2014

Shimon Alperovitch z''l

I am sad to pass on the news that one of our narrators passed away today. Shimon Alperovitch (Simonas Alperavičius), long-time president of the Jewish Community in Vilnius, Lithuania,  had a strong, gentle presence when I interviewed him in August, 2012.

Watch the full interview, in Yiddish, here.

May his memory be for a blessing,


Weekly Bite of Yiddishkayt: “Refusing a Painting From Chagall?!”

Leon Feinberg, Yiddish journalist and Norman’s father, was close friends with Chagall, who at one point offered one of his paintings as a gift. Norman, professor of music history, explains that Leon came from the same town in Eastern Europe as Paul Muni and Marc Chagall.