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  • Born to Kvetchby Michael Wex

    Souvenir Press 2011; US$ 17.50

    Kvetching is to the Jewish soul what breathing is to the Jewish body. For Jews, kvetching is a way of understanding the world. It is rooted, like so much of Jewish culture, in the Bible where the Israelites grumble endlessly. They complain about their problems, and complain as much about the solutions. They kvetch in Egypt and they kvetch in the... more...

  • Talk Dirty Yiddishby Ilene Schneider

    F+W Media 2008; US$ 7.95

    "This is the Yiddish they didn?t teach in Hebrew school. Talk Dirty: Yiddish gives you the lowdown on how to really spit the Hebrew alphabet. With plenty of slang, curses, and idiomatic expressions, this book gives your Yiddish vocabulary a real kick in the toches with entries like the one below: Yiddish phrase: Groisser potz Translation: Big shot... more...

  • Yiddish: Turning to Lifeby Joshua A. Fishman

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 1991; US$ 224.00

    Worldwide interest in Yiddish has often concentrated on its secular forms of expression: its literature, its theater, its journalism and its political-party associations. This all-encompassing study, covers these phenomena as well as investigating the demographic and political mushrooming of Yiddish-speaking Ultra-Orthodoxy, both in America and in... more...

  • My Mother's Sabbath Daysby Chaim Grade; Channa Kleinerman Goldstein

    Jason Aronson, Inc. 1997; US$ 45.99

    This tender and moving memoir by the great Yiddish writer Chaim Grade takes us to the very source of his widely praised novels and poems_the city of Vilna, the 'Jerusalem of Lithuania,' during the years before World War II. more...

  • Basic Yiddishby Rebecca Margolis

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 45.95

    First Published in 2012. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company. more...

  • Dear Mendl, Dear Reyzlby Alice Nakhimovsky; Roberta Newman

    Indiana University Press 2014; US$ 22.99

    At the turn of the 20th century, Jewish families scattered by migration could stay in touch only through letters. Jews in the Russian Empire and America wrote business letters, romantic letters, and emotionally intense family letters. But for many Jews who were unaccustomed to communicating their public and private thoughts in writing, correspondence... more...

  • Just Say Nuby Michael Wex

    St. Martin's Press 2007; US$ 7.99

    A cross between Henry Beard's Latin for All Occasions and Ben Schott's Schott's Original Miscellany , JUST SAY NU is a practical guide to using Yiddish words and expressions in day-to-day situations. Along with enough grammar to enable readers to put together a comprehensible sentence and avoid embarrassing mistakes, Wex also explains the five... more...

  • Early Yiddish Texts 1100-1750by Jerold C. Frakes

    Oxford University Press, UK 2004; US$ 54.99

    This is the first comprehensive anthology of early Yiddish literature for more than a century. It includes the broad range of genres that define the corpus: from heroic epic and devotional literature to oaths, legends, fables, and riddles. The 130 texts in the original Hebrew alphabet have all been freshly edited from the earliest extant sources; introductory... more...

  • From Kabbalah to Class Struggleby Mikhail Krutikov

    Stanford University Press 2010; US$ 60.00

    From Kabbalah to Class Struggle is an intellectual biography of Meir Wiener (1893-1941), a Austrian Jewish intellectual and a student of Jewish mysticism, who emigrated to the Soviet Union in 1926 and reinvented himself as a Marxist scholar and Yiddish writer. more...

  • How Strange the Changeby Marc Caplan

    Stanford University Press 2011; US$ 60.00

    In this book, Marc Caplan argues that the literatures of ostensibly marginal modern cultures are key to understanding modernism. Caplan undertakes an unprecedented comparison of nineteenth-century Yiddish literature and twentieth-century Anglophone and Francophone African literature and reveals unexpected similarities between them. These literatures... more...