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Max Sparber
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Omaha-based historian, playwright, and arts critic.
Omaha-based historian, playwright, and arts critic.

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Year 2, Week 17: Discipline
 The stats: I have studied Yiddish for 454 days I have studied Yiddish flashcards for a total of 288 hours I have reviewed 5,001 individual flashcards Through sheer force of will, I have gotten myself back on track. I suppose I'm just learning the disciplin...

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Yiddish Film: Menashe (2017)
There are a lot of posts I do where I feel like am a duplicating the efforts of other. As an example, there is a fairly comprehensive book on Yiddish film, "Bridge of Light" by Village Voice film critic J. Hoberman. There is probably some value in me writin...

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Year 2, Week 16: 160,000 flashcards
The stats: I have studied Yiddish for 446 days I have studied Yiddish flashcards for a total of 282 hours I have reviewed 4,919 individual flashcards I made some progress breaking out of my slump this week. I have received a copy of "Colloquial Yiddish" by ...

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Year 2, Week 15: The burnout
The stats: I have studied Yiddish for 439 days I have studied Yiddish flashcards for a total of 277 hours I have reviewed 4,876 individual flashcards I added no new flashcards this past week. Usually it's the last thing I do at the end of the day, just befo...

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Jews and microaggressions
I've come to the unhappy conclusion that your average American is no longer capable of recognizing even the most blatant antisemitism, which I suppose I might be happy about if it meant antisemitism had ceased to exist and so memories of it were starting to...

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Dress British Drink Yiddish: Zwack
Hungary has a national drink, and it is Zwack Unicum, an herbal liquor, and I wish that was what I was writing about, but it is apparently not available in the US. No, instead I will be writing about the version that is available domestically, produced for ...

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Jewish culture: The shvitz
I have what my girlfriend calls a "Jewish bucket list," which consists entirely of Jewish cultural activities that I want to do, but haven't been able to due to problems with timing or location: Either it is done anymore, or it isn't done where I am. Now, I...

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Jewish Food: Kishka
Sometimes, when I am bored, I will find old delicatessen menus online and flip through them. I'm not really the target audience for delicatessens, although I remain a longtime patron. The Jewish deli is a uniquely American invention, a German invention that...

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Year 2, Week 14: The Flibbertigibbet
The stats: I have studied Yiddish for 431 days I have studied Yiddish flashcards for a total of 272 hours I have reviewed 4,876 individual flashcards I was congratulating myself on managing to study Yiddish last week in New York, and then it all fell apart....

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God of Vengeance at New Yiddish Rep
I went to see New Yiddish Rep's production of "God of Vengeance" this past weekend. The play was an early one for Yiddish author Sholem Ash, but ambitious, telling the story of a brothel keeper who decides to purchase a Torah scroll as an almost totemic pro...
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