10 article(s) translated from Yiddish

Two Miniatures

Yekhiel Shraybman’s tightly-crafted miniatures, narrated by the proverbial everymen from anywhere, invite readers to fill in the gaps and reinterpret them as products of their local...

Sing Ladino

Yankev Glatshteyn mines the richness of Yiddish, pushing its limits.  Sing Ladino, you blond songer, Our magicjargonino, Multicolored chattering, Multitongued languageing Sundownino,...

Ingathering of Exiles

Yenta Mash interrogates the uneasy position of Jewish immigrants in the new state of Israel. I don’t know about other cities, but in Haifa the street called Kibbutz Galuyot—Ingathering...

An Unexpected Guest

In the following chapter from his novel Nomansland, AZ, Boris Sandler looks at the US through the lens of fantasy and rollicking satire as down-on-his-luck traveling salesman Eddie Hoffman hawks...

From “Ode to The Dove”

Trapped on the lips are sounds, like pearls of forts oceanate are mute for thousands of years, and over the muteness—a blade. "Dove darling, childhood's child, let the lips speak, give...

Pesach Eve

I cleaned the house top to bottom. In all the years' corners dusted life's stray leaves. Polished the proud candlesticks of numberless Sabbaths, the kiddush cups and the Seder...

Sorting Laundry

Clean laundry bleached dried piled everywhere. We shake out silently a shirt a sock underwear. Laid out nicely smooth and square nimble hands side by side. The pile is...

A Song

In the Jewish parliament The walls are burning. People are learning Talmud, arguing over commentaries. Suddenly--quiet, please! A gentile comes in And says in gentile-ese: Gentlemen,...

The Happiness of Also Refusing Happiness

The happiness of refusing happiness The joy of refusing joy Passionately keeping passion back Proudly breaking pride in ecstasy. Night in the forest on trouble's path All rustling has...

Seclusion (from the poem “Kotzk”)

When the decadent genius of Chasidus Comprehended what the secret of the Jew is, He lived by himself for many years. The Jew is loneliness. His sole belovèd is The world's alone...