In honour of Labour day, enjoy a documentary
on Jewish anarchism at the turn of the 20th century, and the story of The Free Voice of Labour
, their Yiddish newspaper that ran from 1890-1977. [more inside]
In this virtual exhibition you can find out more about the people, buildings and plays that made Yiddish theatre in London so special, as well as explore the unique collection of Yiddish theatre photographs, documents and objects held at the Jewish Museum London.
Evgeny Kissin is not only a phenomenally active, high-strung, and almost unfailing pianist
, he also declaims poetry in public -- in Yiddish
. [more inside]
BBC World Service has over 500 audio documentaries
you can download. The subject matter is incredibly wide ranging, for example, internet cafés
, the influence of Islamic art on William Morris
, South African female AIDS activist Thembi Ngubane
, the importance of cows
, novelist Chinua Achebe
, financial risk management
, Obama as an intellectual
, the physical and emotional effects of a car crash
and many, many more. If the quantity and variety are overwhelming, you can subscribe to a podcast
, which delivers a new documentary to you every single day.
(Yiddish, 1937; based on the 1914 play
by S. Ansky
Ultimate Matzoh Balls
is a simple, quick (10 level, automatically advancing) Flash basketball game that may
help keep your mind off the lack of leavening in your diet this coming week.
And by "your" I mean "my".
The Yiddish exclamations for both the baskets and missed shots are worth the click.
The Maxwell Street Klezmer Band
performs a Hannukah Platter Patter
. This musical style from a klezmer band shouldn't be too surprising; after all, with productions of Di Yam Galoznim
, Di Yidisher Pinafore
, and Der Yidddisher Mikado
(Danny Kaye and Jerome Robbins
appeared in Sylvia Fine's translation), and with translators and adaptors ranging from Miriam Walowit
and Sylvia Fine
in the 1940s to Al Grand
in the present, Gilbert and Sullivan are no strangers to the Yiddish stage.
The Survey of American Jewish Language and Identity
reports on the results of an online survey of 25,179 American Jews and 4,874 American Gentiles. Non-Jews say "klutz" but not "schmutz." The more Orthodox you are, the more likely you are to say "Good Shabbos" instead of "Shabbat Shalom." And so much more you'll plotz.
A linguist and a sociologist at Hebrew Union College have teamed up to track the inroads made into American English
by words and idioms from traditionally Jewish languages, including Yiddish, Judeo-Arabic, Ladino (Judeo-Spanish), and Hebrew. They've created an online survey
and are looking for people from all religious and ethnic backgrounds to answer a few questions about their word choices, phrasing, and pronunciation. They're also trying to determine whether certain linguistic quirks usually attributed to Yiddish's influence are actually carried over from Jewish ancestors' speech patterns and accents, or whether they're merely an artifact from growing up in or near New York City. [via
"Cohen on the Telephone" (real audio
) is "
not politically correct by modern standards, due to its Yiddish stereotyping, but certainly popular in its time and rumored to be the first comedy record to sell a million copies. This bit primarily made fun of the crude telephone system in use during 1913, when Joe Hayman recorded it in London in July of that year for Regal/Zonophone (it was issued on Columbia here in the States the following year). Several other labels hastily released versions by other artists
, and a series of sequels followed right up into the mid-20's."
Such as "Cohen Exceeds the Speed Limit
", "Cohen at the Pay-station
", "Cohen Phones His Tailor
", "Cohen Telephones the Health Department
" and "Cohen's Recruiting Speech
" (all mp3s from The Virtual Gramaphone
). There was even a movie
Feed Me Bubbe
Why doesn't everyone do this with their grandmother? Avrom and his bubbe in a charming series about her great looking food. Learn a little yiddish
while you're at it. O, yeah, there's videos here people...
"One could go on, and one will -- praising (...)
the National Center for Jewish Film for releasing all four of Edgar Ulmer's Yiddish films in restored editions. But the DVD player is beckoning, and I think it is time for me to get back to the couch".
The National Center for Jewish Film
(NCJF) is a unique nonprofit motion picture archive, distributor and resource center housing the largest, most comprehensive collection of Jewish-theme film and video in the world. In their archives you can discover the works of Leo Fuchs, the "Yiddish Fred Astaire
", restored gems (scroll down)
like "Motl the Operator
" and re-releases
like "The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg
". (More on Greenberg
, the Jewish kid who challenged Babe Ruth
’s homerun record here
, more on the NCJF inside).
"May you be like a lamp: hang by day, burn by night and be snuffed out in the morning."
Welcome to the long tradition of Yiddish curses
. According to one scholar of insults
: Curses in other languages differ from Yiddish in both content and style...Anglo-Saxon cultures prefer insults dealing with excrement and body parts, Catholic countries are partial to blasphemy, and cultures of the Middle and Far East go for ancestor insults, while Yiddish curses have a baroque splendor.
A bunch more examples are here
(real, sorry). Audio clips,
including Klingon Mating Dance
, as cited in Webster's Online
. QaHplaH! er, I mean, l'chaim!