Weekly Bite of Yiddishkayt: Malka Heifetz Tussman: A Yiddish Poet, Mentor, & Friend

Kathryn Hellerstein fondly remembers her weekly tutoring sessions with Yiddish poet Malka Heifetz Tussman and the friendship that grew between them.

Weekly Bite of Yiddishkayt: Ida Maze, “Den Mother” of Yiddish Montreal

This short documentary opens a window into the life and legacy of Yiddish poet Ida Maze, a poet and activist who cultivated a community of Yiddish writers in Montreal. The film interweaves an interview with her son, Irving Massey, a literary scholar who has written about and translated his mother’s poetry, with archival audio recordings from an event held in honor of Maze at the Jewish Public Library of Montreal in 1956. Together, Irving’s poignant memories of his mother and the warm words of praise from Ida Maze’s colleagues offer a compelling perspective on her life, poetry, and legacy.

Weekly Bite of Yiddishkayt: Coney Island with Itzik Manger

Lekoved (in honor of) the 114th birthday of Yiddish poet Itzik Manger, Norman Feinberg tells the story of a memorable childhood trip he took to Coney Island with Manger, a friend of his father’s.

Weekly Bite of Yiddishkayt: Israel Zamir Recalls Attending His Father Isaac Bashevis Singer’s Nobel Prize Ceremony

Israel Zamir recounts an unbelievable story about attending the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony of his father, Isaac Bashevis Singer. Zamir passed away on November 22. May his memory be a blessing.

Weekly Bite of Yiddishkayt: A Post-WWII Tragedy: The Challenge To Find Good Yiddish Editors and Translators

What happens to a literature without good editors and translators? Rivka Augenfeld, Montreal-based Yiddish activist, discusses what she calls “one of the tragedies of the [post-WWII] period for Yiddish [culture].”

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.

Weekly Bite of Yiddishkayt: “Great Literature is Not About Being Average”

What’s the future of Yiddish literature? Josh Lambert, the Yiddish Book Center’s academic director, reflects on how great writers are never the norm.

Weekly Bite of Yiddishkayt: Yiddish in Israel?

As you read this, I am on my way to Israel, where I will spend several weeks documenting Yiddish in Israel through interviews with Yiddish writers, actors, scholars, and activists. Hear Bella Bryks-Klein, Tel Aviv-based Yiddish activist, describe the history and current status of Yiddish in Israel.

 

-Christa Whitney

Weekly Bite of Yiddishkayt: “Learning Yiddish to Read Sholem Aleichem.”

This weekend we will present a course on the great Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem at the Yiddish Book Center. Learn how Nora Feinstein, a student in our Steiner Summer Yiddish Program, was inspired to learn Yiddish so that she could read Sholem Aleichem’s work in the original.