Posts Tagged ‘Yiddish’


Yiddish (ײִדיש / מאַמע לשון)

editor 11 August 2018

By Omniglot – The online encyclopedia of writing systems and languages.. Yiddish is a Germanic language with about three million speakers, mainly Ashkenazic Jews, in the USA, Israel, Russia, Ukraine and many other countries. The name Yiddish is probably an abbreviated version of ייִדיש־טײַטש (yidish-taytsh), which means “Jewish German”. There have been Jews in area that is now Germany since Roman times. A distinct Jewish culture known as Ashkenazi, or Germanic Jewry, appeared by the 10th century. Ashkenaz was the medieval Hebrew name for Germany, though the Ashkenaz area also included parts of northern France and later spread to Eastern Europe. (more…)


In These Annoying Times, Here’s the One Yiddish Word You Should Know

editor 8 June 2018

By Avi Shafran.. Is anything mutcheh-ing you these days? An opinion column about the U.S. administration’s strategy (the word used here loosely) toward Iran’s government recently appeared in the Orthodox English-language daily Hamodia under the title “Mutcheh-ing the Mullahs.” The columnist (full disclosure: it was I) was challenged by an expert proofreader (full disclosure: she is my wife) to explain the odd Yiddish verb. It is, in fact, a most wondrous one, expressive, memorable, fun to say and full of appropriate invocations in these troubled times, as we are treated to a profusion of mutcheh-ing. (more…)


An Up-and-Coming Musical Theater Star’s Crash Course in Yiddish

editor 12 July 2017

By Marjorie Ingall.. Or: How to act in a foreign language you don’t speak, while simultaneously singing and dancing. Stephanie Lynne Mason has luminous eyes as huge and dark as an anime character’s. “I’m not gonna lie,” she told me with a sigh, “I had a total meltdown the other night. I just sat there sobbing at my keyboard for about 15 minutes. This show feels like rubbing your stomach and patting your head at the same time.” (more…)


Where Did Yiddish Come From?

editor 30 December 2014

By Cherie Woodworth.. There are several hundred thousand Yiddish speakers today, perhaps even half a million, but the shtetls of Ukraine and Lithuania, where Yiddish was woven into the fabric of everyday life, have faded into dust. Yiddish was born in about the 10th century and thus rounded out an even millennium before being pulled under by the tide of history. (more…)


The Jewish Book Center and the Jewish Story

editor 3 September 2014

By C4I International.. The Yiddish Book Center is a non-profit organization working to tell the whole Jewish story by rescuing, translating and disseminating Yiddish books and presenting innovative educational programs that broaden understanding of modern Jewish identity.

Founder and president Aaron Lansky was a 23-year-old graduate student in 1980 when he took a leave of absence from McGill University and issued a public appeal for unwanted and discarded Yiddish books. At the time, scholars estimated there were 70,000 Yiddish books still extant and recoverable. (more…)


Before Crimea Was an Ethnic Russian Stronghold, It Was a Potential Jewish Homeland

editor 16 August 2014

By Jeffrey Veidlinger.. Jews have lived in the area since ancient times, and leaders from Catherine the Great to Stalin encouraged their settlement there. “On the way to Sevastopol, not too far from Simferopol,” begins what is probably the most famous Yiddish song from the Soviet Union, “Hey Dzhankoye.” (See * for the beautiful lyrics). The song, named after a collective farm near the Crimean town of Dzhankoy, celebrates the alleged victories of the Soviet collectivization drive of the 1920s and 1930s, which, according to the song, magically transformed Jewish merchants into farmers. “Who says that Jews can only trade?” asks the final verse of the song, “Just take a look at Dzhan.” (more…)


The Lev Aryeh Chumrah Song Vs. the Aveirah Song, A Common Theme?

editor 11 March 2014

By C4I International.. The author of the blog “Growing up with Torah”, R. Shmuel Yosef Elbinger, has been living in Jerusalem for the past 13 years. He has been happily married for the past nine years, doting father of three children kenaynehara (These days, the kenaynehara must be chal on the gantze mishpat rh”l).

His main occupation has been the study of Torah, and he completed his smicha in hilchos Shabbos at Kolel Toras Chaim with Rabbi Daniel Travis (who he is always eternally grateful to). He was farherred by HaRav Zalman Nechemya Goldberg, HaRav Yitzchok Kaufman, and the Israeli Rabanut in this area. (more…)


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