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.

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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: What’s In a Name: Menke Katz on Changing Names and Changing Destinies

What’s in a name? Troim Katz Handler, daughter of Yiddish writer Menke Katz, explains her father’s mystical feelings about her unusual first name (Yiddish for “dream”).

Weekly Bite of Yiddishkayt: Leonard Nimoy’s Stint Working With Yiddish Theatre Director and Actor Maurice Schwartz

We are mourning the loss of Leonard “Leyb” Nimoy, z”l. Here he discusses his role in a Yiddish theater production with the great Maurice Schwartz, long before the Vulcan role on Star Trek that made Nimoy world famous.

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: “With That Gift Comes Responsibility”: Reflections on the Importance of Yiddish

Aron Gonshor, drawing on his experience as an actor in the Montreal-based Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre, reflects on the Yiddish legacy and its transmission to the next generation and speaks about the importance of furthering the legacy in any way that one can.

Weekly Bite of Yiddishkayt: A “Strange” Arrangement: Growing Up With My Yiddish-Speaking Grandparents So My Father Could Write

Troim Katz Handler, daughter of Yiddish poet Menke Katz, describes the unique household in which she was raised. She speaks of her distant relationship with her father, as well as the beloved grandparents who helped raise her.

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: “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.