Eddy Portnoy

Eddy Portnoy, a contributing editor for Tablet Magazine, teaches Yiddish language and literature at Rutgers University. He is the Academic Advisor at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.

Death of a Yiddish Giant

Remembering I.L. Peretz, who died 100 years ago this week

Mr. Israel

Rafael Halperin—who died last month—was an ordained rabbi, an ambitious businessman, and a middling politician. He was also a professional wrestler.

Paschal Lampoon

Forget Purim. Passover has a rich comedic tradition all its own, with parodies of the haggadah mocking everything from rabbis and the rich to Mussolini and Hitler.

Print War

How the relationship between a reporter and his editor shook the Yiddish press


When immigrant Lower East Side moms rioted over tonsillectomies

Silent Minority

How Jewish tradition marginalized the deaf

Death Toll

Back when the Yiddish press relished covering suicides

Nosing Around

A look at a pseudoscience that hinged on the shnozz


In early-20th-century Warsaw, making sure people observed the Sabbath was serious business

Politics and Poesy

In early 20th-century Poland, poet Shmuel Nadler took off his yarmulke and took up with the Communists

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