Translations from Yiddish

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Oedipus in Brooklyn

and other stories by Blume Lempel

Translated by Ellen Cassedy & Yermiyahu Ahron Taub

Mandel Vilar Press & Dryad Press

Blume Lempel is a fearless storyteller whose imagination moves between the realistic and the fantastic, the lyrical and the philosophical. Lempel’s narratives are masterpieces of poetic imagery, suffused with an abiding compassion. The translation received the Leviant Prize from the Modern Language Association, among other awards.

a splendid surprise and a significant revivification of a brilliantly robust Yiddish-American writer.”
—Cynthia Ozick

Blume Lempel (1907-1999) was born in Khorostkiv (now Ukraine). She immigrated to Paris in 1929 and fled to New York on the eve of World War II. She wrote in Yiddish into the 1990s.

Reading Resource Guide:

Yiddish Book Center: Oedipus in Brooklyn resources

Read an excerpt here.

On the Landing

Stories by Yenta Mash

Translated by Ellen Cassedy
With an afterword co-authored by Jessica Kirzane

Northern Illinois University Press, 2018
A Yiddish Book Center Translation

Yenta Mash traces an arc across upheavals and regime changes, and across the phases of a woman’s life, making a major contribution to the literature of immigration and resilience.

Each story is a gem…. Mash’s narrative skill is quietly astonishing.”
—Jewish Book Council

Read an excerpt: “Bread” in Jewish Currents
Reading Resource Guide: Yiddish Book Center: On the Landing resources

About Yenta Mash

Yenta Mash (1922–2013) was born and raised in Bessarabia in southeastern Europe. She survived Siberian exile, then settled in Chisinau, Moldova, before immigrating to Israel.

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Good Morning! (A gut morgn!)

By Boris Sandler
Translated by Ellen Cassedy

Lively poems for children age 3 to 8 by the former editor of the Yiddish newspaper Forverts, in Yiddish and English.

More about Yiddish

Help with Translation from Yiddish

Find a professional translator using the list compiled by the Yiddish Book Center, or the list compiled by the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, or consult the Yiddish Translation Gig Board. I’ve worked with Chana Pollack & Myra Mniewski. For volunteer help, consult the Facebook group Tracing the Tribe.

Learn Yiddish
  • Workers’ Circle and YIVO offer excellent classes. Twitter can help you find the class or program that meets your needs. the online journal In geveb lists summer courses and university programs; search for “roundup.”
  • Yiddish Farm. You can even choose to learn the language while working on a farm.
  • Yiddish Primer. An easy place to begin (without farm work). 20 simple online lessons, starting with the alphabet, including sound.
  • Duolingo. Self-taught Yiddish online. Check it out!


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