[Mendele] Mendele Vol. 22.010

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Mendele: Yiddish literature and language

Contents of Vol. 22.010
February 8, 2013

1) Death of Joseph Landis (Nora Glickman)
2) Call for MLA Papers: Joseph C. Landis, In Memoriam (Alan Astro)
3) 16th Symposium for Yiddish Studies in Germany, 16-18 September 2013
(Marion Aptroot)
4) "Der feter flegt gebn tsu farzikhn dos ey" (Jane Peppler)
5) Steiner Summer Yiddish Program (National Yiddish Book Center)
6) Mickey Katz lyrics sought (Joshua London)
7) Findjan (Itzhak Luden)
8) translation of Yitzhak Erlichson's "Mayne fir yor in soviet-rusland"
(Maurice Wolfthal)

Date: January 20
Subject: death of Joseph Landis

We mourn the passing of Joseph Landis, on Sunday, January 6, 2013. He had
served as
the Editor of Yiddish/Modern Jewish Studies since 1975. Joe was a vehement
advocate of
Yiddish literature. His many translations (The Dybbuk and Other Great
Yiddish Plays,
1966), his personal recollections of the Yiddish world (Memoirs of the
Stage, 1984), and his numerous, insightful articles chronicle the growth of
literature, its importance and its gradual fading after the second World
War. Joe's essays
brought vigor to Yiddish language and literature, and made it accessible to
American readers. At Queens College, the Yiddish and Jewish Studies Program
under his leadership throughout the nineteen sixties and seventies, in
particular with his
Sholem Aleichem Festivals, which attracted many Jewish celebrities and the
interest and
participation of the New York Jewish communities.

Nora Glickman

Date: February 6
Subject: Call for MLA Papers: Joseph C. Landis, In Memoriam

The American Association of Professor of Yiddish (AAPY) is soliciting
proposals for
MLA papers on topics studied by Joseph C. Landis, the late founder of our

His interests included, but were certainly not limited to, An-sky, Asch,
Leivick, Philip Roth, Isaac Bashevis Singer and Yiddish theater memoirs.

Yiddish sources do not have to be employed, but use of Joe's research or
would be very appreciated.

Please send abstracts of 150 to 300 words by March 15 to the AAPY liaison
to the MLA: Alan Astro at aastro at trinity.edu.

FYI: The MLA will take place in Chicago on January 9-12, 2014. We make sure
that our session does not occur on or too close to the Sabbath.

Date: January 22
Subject: 16th Symposium for Yiddish Studies in Germany, 16-18 September 2013

The 16th Symposium for Yiddish Studies in Germany will be held 16-18
September 2013
at Trier University. This annual Yiddish Symposium is organized alternately
by the
Chairs for Yiddish Studies at the universities of Trier and Dusseldorf and
is intended to
offer students and scholars the possibility to present their research,
exchange ideas and
put forward questions for discussion.

You are invited to submit abstracts for 20 min. papers until May 1, 2013 to
jiddisch at uni-trier.de. Presentations can be held in Yiddish or German.

As usual, all fields of research within Yiddish Studies will be considered.
Interdisciplinary papers with a connection to Yiddish Studies are welcome.

The symposium is open to all interested in Yiddish Studies.

We are also happy to answer questions.

Marion Aptroot (Heinrich Heine University Dusseldorf) and Simon Neuberg
of Trier)

Date: January 22
Subject: "Der feter flegt gebn tsu farzikhn dos ey"

Hello friends,

In a song about hamavdil, I encountered this phrase, "Der feter flegt gebn
tsu farzikhn
(farzukhn) dos ey."

The uncle said it's time to find the eggs? Is this an end-of-Shabbos custom
somewhere, or
have I entirely misread this line?

Jane Peppler

[Moderator's note: The southern Yiddish form "farzikhn"  - to try (food) -
used by Jane
Peppler is given here in its Standard Yiddish pronunciation: farzukhn.]

Date: December 12
Subject:  Steiner Summer Yiddish Program

Apply Now!

The Yiddish Book Center Steiner Summer Yiddish Program offers college
students a
seven-week, six credit, tuition-free, exploration of Yiddish language and
culture. The
program includes beginning and intermediate Yiddish language instruction
and Yiddish
culture classes. The program runs from June 9-July 26, 2013. Six
undergraduate college
credits will be available through the University of Massachusetts. Limited
subsidies are available, based on need. The 2013 Steiner Summer Yiddish
Program is
open to all full-time college students under the age of 26. To learn more
and to apply
(applications are due by February 10, 2013)

National Yiddish Book Center

Date: December 29
Subject: Mickey Katz lyrics sought

Does anyone know if the lyrics to any of Mickey Katz's spoof or comedic
Yiddish-English songs have been published and/or are otherwise available?

Thank you,

Joshua London

Date: January  24
Subject: Findjan

Bella Bryks-Klein has brought. Itzhak Luden's reply to the queries
concerning the
Yiddish version of Findjan:

As to the question who translated Haim Hefer's song Findjan into Yiddish, I
have the
pleasure to inform you that the authorized translator of his song was I,
Itzhak Luden. In
1967, Haim Hefer asked me to translate his song.

Ikh hob dem Findjan ibergezetst tsuzamen mit andere lider un a greserer
tsol "makames"
vos zenen in zelbn yor glaykh nokh der zeks-tagiker milkhome gevorn
durkh Amikam Gurevitch in Farlag "Amikam" in album-forem gehilt in yuta un
fun dem velt-barimtn "Dada" - kinstler Marcel Yanku a. n. "Misdar
Halokhamim" un in
mayn yiddisher iberzetsung a.n. "Kemfer-parad" mit an araynfir-vort fun dem
Levi Eshkol spetsyel far der yidisher iberzetsung.

Itzhak Luden, Tel Aviv


The authorized text is below:

"Der Findjan" / Haim Hefer

Yidish: Itzhak Luden      Muzik: Armenisher Folks-motif

Der vint blozt on afher, s'iz kalt

Derlangt a por tsvaygn fun vald

Un vifil s'iz koyekh faran

Dos fayer tseblozt mitn flam.

Es tsindn zikh flamen

Mir zingn tsuzamen

Arum geyt arum der findjan

Tsuzing: Tra, Tralala. un azoy vayter

Vos iz do tsu redn a sakh?

A mayster iz er in dem fakh

Git kave un tsuker un dan

Nor tsugisn vaser in kan

Dan tsvey mol afkokhn

Azoy vi farshprokhn

Arum geyt arum der findjan

Tsuzing: Tra, Tralala. un azoy vayter

Dermont der findjan zikh di nakht

Ven khevre gekumen fun shlakht

Vi Motkele mit zayn nagan

Gevorfn fun kas hot zikh dan.

Es klingt nokh in oyer

Der tsar un der troyer

Arum geyt arum der findjan

Tsuzing: Tra, Tralala. un azoy vayter

Es geyen di yorn farbay

Un s'kumen af doyres funsnay

Keyn fremder vet keynmol farshteyn

Fun zemer dem zin un dem kheyn.

Der kenfer vet konen

Zikh tomid dermonen

Dem eybikn krayz fun findjan

Tsuzing: Tra, Tralala. un azoy vayter

Date: February 4
Subject: translation of Yitzhak Erlichson's "Mayne fir yor in

I am pleased to announce the publication of my translation of the Gulag
memoir, Mayne
fir yor in sovyet-rusland(My Four Years in Soviet Russia), written by
Yitzhak Erlichson,
first published in 1953. It will appear in April.

Maurice Wolfthal

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