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Yiddish Culture

Kulturfest Dazzled All Week

Thane Rosenbaum | Posted 06.22.2016 | New York
Thane Rosenbaum

The inaugural Kulturfest was intended to be a tease, with audiences clamoring for more. Now that they had been given such a sumptuous taste, how can they get Yiddish out of their heads?

The Hungarian Horseradish

John Feffer | Posted 06.15.2014 | World
John Feffer

The most sensitive issue is the very identity of Hungarians. The far-right party Jobbik has made the identity issue central to its program.

Stage Door: Forever Tango, Exodus Code: Advice for Wanderers

Fern Siegel | Posted 09.14.2013 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Tango, both sexy and sinister in its passionate embrace, is a precise art form of nearly sculptural perfection. The drama of the tango explodes on stage, aided by that distinct, melancholic sound. While there is sensual choreography here, the focus is the disciplined, stylized beauty of the genre.

Operatic Bass Anthony Russell: The New Voice of Yiddish Song

Richard Z. Chesnoff | Posted 10.08.2012 | Home
Richard Z. Chesnoff

It was that same sense of deep emotion that overwhelmed me recently when I heard the voice of a budding new African-American operatic star, 32-year-old Anthony Russell. And he too was singing "Zog Nisht Kein Mol."

Whatever Candidates Say, The People Reply Oy Vey

Harvey Gotliffe, Ph.D. | Posted 05.26.2012 | Politics
Harvey Gotliffe, Ph.D.

The American people are waiting for the primaries to end and for the GOP convention to finally select the Republican presidential Candidate. After such a grueling, stretched out, abrasive campaign, they would like to believe that "dos iz alts" -- "that's all there is."

There's More To Shtetl Humor Than Tevye the Dairyman

George Heymont | Posted 10.26.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

2011-08-26-yiddish.jpgBack before World War II (when Yiddish was a thriving language) it was standard practice for the great works of literature and song to be translated into Yiddish.

HuffPost Review: Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.07.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

One of the few authors who wrote primarily in Yiddish, Sholem Aleichem became the most famous literary figure of that language. His fame as a writer grew only after his death, spurred in part by the popularity of Fiddler on the Roof, based on Aleichem's writing.

A Closer Look At Weiner: Ruminating On Irksome Jewish Names

Eddy Portnoy | Posted 08.27.2011 | Religion
Eddy Portnoy

Changing one's family name has often been an enormously useful device for those attempting to assimilate into other cultures. Take the 1933 case of Warsaw dry goods merchant, Moyshe Hitler.