Monday, November 11, 2019

Catching Up

In case you don't follow me on social media, I thought I'd give you an update on what I've been doing.

*For the holiday of Sukes/Sukkot, I wrote about the magic of the pitom in Yiddish literature
*The Jewish Chronicle published a truly nonsensical attack on Yiddler and the Yiddish language. I wrote a response for Haaretz. 
*I scratched just the very top layer of the topic of non-Jews in Yiddish
*We dove into post-Revolution Russia and the pogroms that changed Jewish history forever and set the stage for the Holocaust
*Do you hate October and pink themed merchandise as much as I do? Then read this op-ed I wrote for JTA
and finally... 
*I reviewed French journalist Piotr Smolar's new memoir about three generations of his family, <<MAUVAIS JUIF>>. I was most interested in his grandfather, Hersh Smolar, known to Yiddishists as the long time editor of the Warsaw Folks-shtime and the man who 'broke' the story of Kruschev's secret speech and the decimation of Yiddish culture in the Stalinist era. Hersh's biography is still waiting to be written.