Yiddish Lectures

All of the Leyenzal's lectures and reading materials are provided in Yiddish. Because our audience consists primarily of Yiddish students and researchers, it is also important to us that the website's interface be in Yiddish, using the standard variety taught at most universities and summer programs around the world.

For visitors who do not yet know Yiddish, this page will give you a taste of the vast wealth of knowledge that will be at your fingertips after you take the initial plunge. The following is a comprehensive list of the original video lectures that have been published on our website so far, with links to the pages where they are located. The list is organized alphabetically according to the last name of the author of the text being discussed. Please click on the names of lecturers (which are provided here in English) to be directed to their faculty profile pages.


Ber Borokhov, "The Tasks of Yiddish Philology"

A lecture by Professor Keith "Kalman" Weiser (York University), to celebrate the 100th anniversary of its publication

Part 1 of 1


"Reflections on Translating Yankev Glatshteyn's Yiddish Poetry into English"

A lecture by Dr. Barnett "Berl" Zumoff (Albert Einstein College of Medicine and New York University)

Part 1 of 1


"Dovid Hofshteyn"

A lecture by Moshe Shklar (Los Angeles)

Part 1 of 1


Itsik Manger, an introduction to his life and poetry

Lectures by Miriam Hoffman (Columbia University)

Part 1 of 2

Part 2 of 2

Mendele Moykher-Sforim, The Travels of Benjamin the Third

Lectures by Dr. Yitskhok Niborski (Maison de la culture yiddish–Bibliothèque Medem and INALCO)

Part 1 of 5

Part 2 of 5

Part 3 of 5

Part 4 of 5

Part 5 of 5


Joseph Opatoshu, In Polish Forests

Lectures by Michael Wex (Toronto, Canada)

Part 1 of 4

Part 2 of 4

Part 3 of 4

Part 4 of 4


I. L. Peretz, "Bontshe the Silent"

A webinar led by Dr. Sheva Zucker (League for Yiddish/Afn shvel), with eight students and readers participating from six different countries

Part 1 of 1

"I. L. Peretz, the Jewish Woman, and Social Justice"

Lectures by Anna Fishman Gonshor (McGill University)

Part 1 of 5 (Introduction)

Part 2 of 5 (The poems "Do not believe" and "Hope and believe")

Part 3 of 5 (The poem "Three seamstresses" and the short story "The expelled daughter")

Part 4 of 5 (The short story "Domestic harmony")

Part 5 of 5 (The short story "The anger of a Jewish woman")

"I.L. Peretz – The Most Complete Jew of Our Epoch"

An essay by Itche Goldberg, read by Hershl Hartman (Sholem Community, Los Angeles)

Part 1 of 1


Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman

A lecture in honor of the poet's first yortsayt, by Janina Wurbs (Berlin)

Part 1 of 1

Abraham Sutzkever

Recitations by the poet of his own work

"The Leaden Plates of the Rom Printing Press" (1943)

"If I Were Not With You" (1947)

The following lectures discuss the works of several authors

"Reading with Commentary"

Lectures on Yiddish poetry by Professor Benjamin Harshav

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

"The Image of Vilna in Modern Jewish History"

A lecture by Professor Samuel Kassow (Trinity College, Hartford, CT)

Part 1 of 1

"Crossing the Sambatyon"

A lecture by Professor Dov Noy (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

Part 1 of 1