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Verter fun der Vokh – Poetry

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אין‮ די שולן לערנט מען זיך‮ געוויי֜נטלעך אויס‮ ווי אי֜בערצולייענען‮ און פֿאַרשטיי֜ן פּאָע֜זיע‮. דאָס אָ֜נשרײַבן‮ אַ ליד‮ ‮‮איז, פֿאַרשטיי֜ט זיך, אַ סך שווע֜רער‮, באַפֿרי֜דיקט עס אָ֜בער‮ שטאַרק דעם שרײַ֜בער פֿו֜נעם‮ ליד. אַז מע‮ ווייסט ווי‮‮ אָ֜נצוהייבן‮ קען יע֜דער איי֜נער אַליי֜ן נע֜מען‮ שרײַבן לי֜דער.‮ ‮ We usually learn to...

French-Israeli author wins France’s top literary prize

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A French-Israeli author has been awarded France’s most prestigious literary honor, the Spring Goncourt Prize, reported Haaretz on Monday. Shmuel T. Meyer, 64, won the prize for Et la guerre est finie … (And the War Is Over …...

May 12, 1928: Burt Bacharach, Composer, Pianist, Songwriter an Singer was born

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Award-winning songwriter/composer Burt Bacharach is the man behind a wide array of hits, including "What the World Needs Now Is Love," "I Say a Little Prayer," "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head," "Close to...

David G. Roskies, “Rabbis, Rebbes and Other Humanists: The Search for a Usable Past...

David G. Roskies, “Rabbis, Rebbes and Other Humanists: The Search for a Usable Past in Modern Yiddish Literature,” Studies in Contemporary Jewry 12 (1996): 55-77 These Zydki, wooden figurines of traditionaal Polish Jews, come in...

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...

December 19, 1908: Photographer Gisele Freund was born in Berlin

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The first woman to work for Magnum, the cooperative photography agency founded in 1947 by Henri Cartier Bresson, Robert Capa, and others, Gisele Freund was born near Berlin on this date in 1908. An...

December 16,1947: Malina’s Jewish Anarchist Play

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Judith Malina, co-founder with Julian Beck of the Living Theater in 1947, premiered what she described as “my Jewish anarchist play,” Korach, on this date in 2010. “In retelling the familiar story of Korach as it unfolds...

Der Dibek (The Dybbuk): 100th Anniversary Production

December 2020 marks 100 years since the curtain first rose on the Vilner Troupe's ground-breaking production of Sh. Ansky's Der Dibek (The Dybbuk, or, Between Two Worlds) which theater historian Debra Caplan calls 'the...
Canadian stamp marking Hanukkah, 2019. Credit: CNW Group/Canada Post.

Every American special, movie and TV episode worth knowing about

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It is a truth universally acknowledged that Hanukkah’s profile has grown over the years due to its proximity to Christmas. It’s also true that because of this nearness, it is the Jewish holiday the...

100th anniversary of The Dybbuk to be celebrated with virtual production on December 14...

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This month marks the 100th anniversary of THE DYBBUK, the world’s most famous Jewish play, by S. Ansky. The Congress for Jewish Culture is celebrating this historically significant milestone with a virtual presentation of...