For some time now, people have spoken of Yiddish and Hebrew coming closer together. It’s hard to know what exactly this "closer together" is supposed to be about—or what it should allow us to do. You can’t bring one language closer to another. Yiddish cannot form a united front with Hebrew. Each language has its own history, its own fate. . . .
Socrates is the best-known Greek philosopher among most people. The reason for his fame is not the philosopher himself but his mean wife, Xanthippe. People in no way interested in philosophy know that the great Socrates had a bitter spouse who caused him great suffering. . .
In this article, I do not intend to simply "pay my debt to the memory of the dead" and confine myself to a stock anniversary speech in honor of the centennial of Turgenev’s birth. Indeed, Turgenev (1818–1893) has not been dead that long, and the treasure that he has left behind is yet to be absorbed by the living culture that he has enriched. . .
Today is the first day of September and for a lot of people this means the beginning of a new school year. I want to experience a new beginning too, so I've decided to buy this notebook in which, from now on, I'll write about everything that happens to me along with my thoughts. . .
Being a writer for a Yiddish newspaper means wasting half the workday on people who come to request advice or simply to argue. The manager, Mr. Raskin, tried several times to bring this custom to an end but failed repeatedly. Readers had each time broken in by force. Others warned that they would picket the editorial office. Hundreds of protest letters arrived in the mail. . .
Opulent, playful, and sensual, Polina Barskova's poems have earned her a reputation as the finest Russian poet under forty. While steeped in Russian and classical culture, Barskova's work remains unmistakably contemporary, at once classic and edgy—always fresh, new and even startling.
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