Essays, interviews, listicles, podcasts, and much more, covering all aspects of Yiddish culture.
“We Collected Everything”: An Interview with Frieda Johles Forman
A lyrical essay on relationships between a translator and previous generations: Liba Augenfeld, a native Yiddish speaker who lived in Vilna before the Holocaust and could share linguistic and cultural knowledge she knew first hand, and the translator’s own mother who had a conflicted relationship with Yiddish.
May 25, 2023
How to Suppress Yiddish Women’s Writing
Joanna Russ’ 1983 schematic of strategies and dynamics that suppress women’s writing — along with some additions specific to modern Yiddish culture — helps explain both the historical suppression of Yiddish women writers and more recent challenges to feminist scholarship on women’s Yiddish writing. Faith Jones guides us to make the Yiddish future together, and to make our place in it.
May 31, 2022
Discovering Di Froyen
The fabled booklet Di Froyen Women and Yiddish: Tribute to the Past, Directions for the Future: Conference Proceedings, published in 1997, which records the Di froyen conference held October 28 – 29, 1995, reminds us of the conference’s legacy as a turning point for women in Yiddish. More than that, it underscores participants’ visionary goals and uphill work to achieve them. It also raises questions of gender, language, and power that continue to animate contemporary feminist Yiddishist debates.
Apr 28, 2022
The 2087th Question or When Silence Is the Only Answer
Feminist Dybbuks in Melbourne: Possession, Desire and Voice
In August 2018, Australian theatre maker and director Samara Hersch, along with Chamber Made, a company operating at the ‘nexus of contemporary performance, music and sound’, presented Dybbuks – a production in three acts exploring ideas of possession; of women being with the dead; of desire, ritual, and voice. Here, Nicola Menser Hearn reviews the production and discusses it with Hersch.
Nov 30, 2018
Behind the Scenes: Vaybertaytsh’s “Farvos” Series and the Making of “Mameloshn Academy?”