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Alexander Ilichevsky signs books at a fair in Moscow. Credit: Vadim Brodsky.

For bestselling Russian-Israeli author, physics is a day job

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In the last month of 2020, Russia announced the winners of the Big Book National Literary Prize for the best prose writers in the Russian language. The prize, founded 15 years ago, has been...

January 28, 1887: Arthur Rubinstein, one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century,...

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On January 28, 1887, Arthur Rubinstein, one of the greatest pianists of the twentieth century, was born in Poland. The artist performed at an early age with Joseph Joachim in Berlin and in his...
The book jacket of “A Girl in a Blue Shirt” by Gabriel Bensimhon, translated into Moroccan Arabic. Credit: Courtesy of Tel Aviv University.

In a first, Israeli Hebrew novel is translated into Moroccan Arabic

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For the first time, an Israeli novel has been translated into Arabic in Morocco and will be sold in Moroccan bookstores. The groundbreaking novel, A Girl in a Blue Shirt, was written by Gabriel Bensimhon of...

Verter fun der Vokh – Inauguration

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address the nation: ווענדן זיך צום פֿאָלק administer the oath: משביע זײַן; באַשװע֜רן; (אָ֜פּ)נעמען אַ שבֿועה call for unity: <אוי֜פֿפֿאָ֜דערן אַחדות <איי֜ניקייט/געא֜ייניקטקייט chief justice: דער הױ֜פּטריכטער, ־ס Constitution: די קאָנסטיטו֜ציע four-year term: די פֿי֜ריאָריקע קאַדע֜נץ, ־ן inaugural address: די אײַ֜נשװער־רע֜דע,...
Israeli chef Assaf Granit speaks at a conference with science ministers from around the world in Jerusalem on May 2, 2018. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Israeli chef Assaf Granit awarded Michelin star

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Israeli celebrity chef Assaf Granit has just won one of the most coveted accolades in the culinary world—a Michelin star for his Paris restaurant, Shabour. The 2021 Michelin guide book was published on Monday Shabour opened...
Adam Jones from Kelowna, BC, Canada, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Art as Liberation: The Mexican Muralists at the Whitney Museum

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Vida Americana is an exhilarating, expansive and immensely satisfying exhibition at New York’s Whitney Museum. Like a great and varied feast, this is a show that one must take one’s time to fully appreciate...

Wikipedia in Yiddish, an invitation to participate

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Today marks the 20th anniversary of the foundation of Wikipedia, which in this period of time succeeded in use instead of Encyclopedia Britannica as the most consulted source. Furthermore, Wikipedia is published in 317 languages...
Sholem Aleichem at his writing desk, Saint Petersburg, 1904. YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

Felder’s ‘Before Fiddler’ Highlights Music of Sholem Aleichem Era

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Hershey Felder continues to stream one-man shows from his current residence in Florence, Italy. Among his many portrayals of famous composers such as Beethoven, Chopin, Tchaikowsky and Debussy, he also featured three great Jewish...

Verter fun der Vokh – Impeachment Yet Again

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article of impeachment: דער אײַ֜נשולדיק־⁠פּאַראַגראַ֜ף, ־ן gavel: דאָס הע֜מערל, ־⁠עך impeach: אײַ֜נשו֜לדיקן; אימפּי֜טשן be impeachable: ווע֜רט זײַן אימפּי֜טשמענט impeachable offense: דער פֿאַרברע֜כן וואָס איז ווע֜רט אימפּי֜טשמענט impeachment: די אײַ֜נשולדיקונג; דער אימפּי֜טשמענט; דאָס אימפּי֜טשן incitement of insurrection: <דאָס אוי֜פֿהעצן צו אַ...
The mosaic at the fifth century Beit Alpha synagogue in northern Israel. Photo by Boaz Eshkol.

Nine magnificent ancient mosaics of Israel

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For such a small country, Israel sure boasts a huge number of ancient mosaics—some 7,000 of them, to be precise. And those are just the ones that have been discovered and registered, with new archaeological...