Tagged: “Yiddish”

Spring Cleaning: A Centuries-Old Chore

Spring Cleaning: A Centuries-Old Chore

At this time of year, in the days before Passover begins, many observant Jews are busy cleaning. But it’s not just the usual spring cleaning. Their goal is to clear the home of any trace of chametz, which are leavened foods that may not be eaten during the eight days of Passover. This includes bread, […]

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Crisco to the Rescue: Marketing to American Jews

Crisco to the Rescue: Marketing to American Jews

In the 1930s, one American brand boldly declared that they had delivered something “the Hebrew race has been waiting 4,000” for – Crisco. Yes! Finally, Proctor and Gamble was giving Jewish kitchens an all-vegetable cooking fat that could be used in kosher cooking of any kind. They were likely right that kosher cooks would benefit […]

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July 12: The Yahrzeit of a “Fiery Jewish Girl”

July 12: The Yahrzeit of a “Fiery Jewish Girl”

This blog post was written by Museum intern Dalia Rubinstein. On July 12, 37 years ago, the world lost a Lower East Sider whose chutzpah changed life for many immigrants of her time. Clara Lemlich, although not a household name today, was one of the  “farbrente Yidishe meydlekh” [“fiery Jewish girls”] who made a strong […]

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From Bagels to Bodegas: The Language of New York

From Bagels to Bodegas: The Language of New York

“That dog fah-schtinks! Fah-schtinkinah dog!” “There’s no way that’s a real word, Mom.” “It is! It’s Yiddish! Call Gramma and ask!” February 21st is International Mother Language Day. According to the United Nations’ website, International Mother Language Day seeks “to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism… and to inspire solidarity based on understanding, tolerance […]

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