yiddish

The Strike of the Vilne Street-Walkers

A fictional account of a sex worker strike set in pre-WW2 Vilnius, Lithuania. Originally written in Yiddish by Avrom Karpinovitsh, in his collection of short stories Vilne mayn Vilne. Translated by Shimon Joffe, and taken from the Yiddish Book Center.

The anarchist sage/'Der Goen Anarkhist': Rabbi Yankev-Meir Zalkind and religious genealogies of anarchism

Anna Elena Torres' essay on Rabbi Yankev-Meir Zalkind's anarchist thinking.

A Tempest in Three Teapots: Yom Kippur Balls in London, New York, and Montreal

Undated advertisement in Yiddish for a Yom Kippur ball in New York City

At the end of the 19th century a nascent tradition emerged in London, England among recent Jewish immigrants as an anti-religious celebration of Yom Kippur, the holiest day in Judaism. The event quickly spread to North America where it was taken up by other Yiddish speaking anarchists and socialists as a way of expressing their collective power in a celebratory environment and encouraging others to turn against superstition and religion.