Author Archives: Stephen Brumbaugh

The Vortsman

Readers of this column generally expect playful responses to inquiries about Yiddish words and sayings, usually (badly) recalled from childhood. This time, though, we’re going discuss a very serious matter.…

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The Vortsman: Yiddish Folk-Sayings

In an apparent attempt to gain popularity in our times of 20-second attention, the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research (founded as the yidisher visenshaftlekher institut — Yiddish Scientific Institute) recently…

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The Vortsman: How Is That Spelled?

Two old friends of The Vortsman have reached out with similar questions about Yiddish transliteration (or, as the academics prefer, transcription) into English letters. One wanted to know whether it…

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