Editor’s Note: Tardema

Awakening is a gradual process that is imposed on the life of a generation and the individual. Sleeping is, by the way, its primary phase. – Walter Benjamin, The Arcades Project The word Tardema, which means a trance or an exceptionally deep sleep, appears only twice in the Torah. In its first appearance, it describes the …

Five Yiddish Tales

Translator’s Preface A couple of years ago, we took our tattered copy of Mordekhai Lipson’s Di velt dertseylt to Henry St. Bookbinders on the Lower East Side, owned and operated by an elderly khosid also named Henry (“Yeah, like the street”). “Ah,” he said. “Sheyne mayselekh [nice stories]! This one, you don’t need to repair. …

The Beard

Sara Duberman loathed her husband’s beard. She could not abide it; hated to brush up against it in moments of intimacy; could barely stand to look at it, with the crumbs that lodged in its black curls after every meal, or the bits of lint that would cleave to it by the end of every …