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Reading Isaac Babel

08.07.2013
Andrei Malaev-Babel explains how his grandfather, Isaac Babel, wrote about the creative process. Malaev-Babel then shares his belief that creativity is the highest force in this world.

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A shmek yidish—A Taste of Yiddish

VOICES: Welcome

Welcome
Adar II 15, 5774 · March 17, 2014
 

 

Seven years ago, our family welcomed our special-needs son, Chaim Boruch, into our lives. I remember the tubes, wires, monitors, all connected to my baby. I remember the team of doctors, the surgeons, the medications, and the tense atmosphere in the Intensive Care Unit at UCSF. I remember looking at my child with the heart-wrenching tightness that filled my every cell. I remember the oxygen flowing to my child. I remember the oxygen I learned to breathe on that 14th floor of my nightmarish days.

I actually thought I knew how to breathe up until that point in my life. But I didn’t. I also thought I knew what “faith” and “trust” meant. But I didn’t.

Until that special day.

I say “special” now, and didn’t know it then. I, too, went through all the “healthy” phases of such a challenging moment. Anger. Self-pity. Denial. Frustration. Wonder. Yet, after time, tears and deep reflection, I can now call that day “special.”

I’m not the same woman, wife and mother that I was. And even my heart beats differently, a rhythm that I didn’t know existed. I have learned the beauty of being open, of letting go, of loving what is different, of acceptance, of forgiveness—both of myself and others. I am learning about myself, my essence, my soul. I am on a journey, embracing a life of simplicities that only we can perceive. Dancing to a melody only we can create. Just Chaim Boruch and I.

And for this alone, I will always be grateful.

So, dear friends, I welcome you to join me on my journey. A journey that vacillates between the rock-bottom moments and the sky-high, euphoric milestones.

Of everything different. Of everything the same.

Of everything simple. Of all things special.

Welcome to Simply Special, a blog about a mother’s endless love for her special-needs son.

Sydney Jewish Choral Society records for Sydney Dance Company
J-Wire Jewish Australian News Service
For both artists, L’Chaim offers a chance to highlight Jewish music. Obarzanek, who grew up on a kibbutz, wanted to produce a dance featuring a traditional Yiddish folksong. Gregory believes that ‘A great deal of music has been influenced by Jewish music’.
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Avi Hoffman’s TOO JEWISH? Set for Morris Museum, 3/23
Broadway World
In the tradition of Vaudeville, Borscht-Belt shtick and Allan Sherman, Avi Hoffman presents his award-winning Off-Broadway musical, taking audiences back to the golden days ofYiddish Theatre and Catskill Mountain resorts. Jews and non-Jews alike will 
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Mandy Patinkin (Jennifer Altman photo credit 2013)
thejewishchronicle.net
Patinkin made some time to speak to the Chronicle in advance of his visit to Pittsburgh, to talk about his upcoming PSO show, Saul, “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and the role Yiddishmusic plays in his life. Jewish Chronicle: Will this be your first visit to 
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Best-Selling Author Doubles as Book Designer
Wall Street Journal
Ms. Hoffman had lost the book but recovered it online through the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Mass., which maintains a digital library of over 12,000 Yiddish books. The author said she was “shocked” to find it online. In one part of the book, which Ms.
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Blitspostn, Vebzaytlekh, Veblogs: The Rise of Yiddish Online
Slate Magazine (blog)
Perhaps the most ambitious project of all is the Steven Spielberg Digital Yiddish Library, a project of the National Yiddish Book Center and the Internet Archive comprising some 11,000 free digital books. The dream is to make every Yiddish book ever 
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Sydney Jewish Choral Society records for Sydney Dance Company
J-Wire Jewish Australian News Service
For both artists, L’Chaim offers a chance to highlight Jewish music. Obarzanek, who grew up on a kibbutz, wanted to produce a dance featuring a traditional Yiddish folksong. Gregory believes that ‘A great deal of music has been influenced by Jewish music’.
See all stories on this topic »
Avi Hoffman’s TOO JEWISH? Set for Morris Museum, 3/23
Broadway World
In the tradition of Vaudeville, Borscht-Belt shtick and Allan Sherman, Avi Hoffman presents his award-winning Off-Broadway musical, taking audiences back to the golden days ofYiddish Theatre and Catskill Mountain resorts. Jews and non-Jews alike will 
See all stories on this topic »
Mandy Patinkin (Jennifer Altman photo credit 2013)
thejewishchronicle.net
Patinkin made some time to speak to the Chronicle in advance of his visit to Pittsburgh, to talk about his upcoming PSO show, Saul, “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and the role Yiddishmusic plays in his life. Jewish Chronicle: Will this be your first visit to 
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Cameron, the UK and Israel
Jerusalem Post
Levita, who was responsible for the first dictionary of the Targums, or Aramaic commentaries on the Hebrew Bible, wrote his novel, The Bove-Bukh, in about 1507. It was published in 1541, the first non-religious book to be printed in Yiddish. A high 
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What Makes a Jewish Poet?
Jewish Daily Forward
Crowded with polyglot echoes, Erika Meitner’s “Yiddishland” is the best of the poems that treat Ashkenazi ethnic heritage: “The people who sang to their children in Yiddish and worked in Yiddish/ and made love in Yiddish are nearly all gone. Phantasmic.
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