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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 Two, Week 20: A Hiatus, of Sorts
 It's been a few weeks since I have posted, which is never a good sign on a blog. Life has gotten unexpectedly, and, to an extent, unpleasantly busy. I am in preproduction of my play "Shaina," which I will post more about this week. I also had some stupid a...

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Yiddish cowboy
I just want to talk about the fact that I listen to country music. A lot of country music. It represents the largest percentage of my music collection. I listen to it when I go to sleep at night, often for the entire night. I listen to it when I'm going to ...

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Year 2, Week 18
The stats: I have studied Yiddish for 462 days I have studied Yiddish flashcards for a total of 298 hours I have reviewed 5,090 individual flashcards Tomorrow is my 49th birthday. I started this project like I start all my projects, from a fairly absurd dec...

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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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