Digging Deeper

If you want to read and listen to more of Sholem Aleichem’s works and discover some unique perspectives on his life and writing, explore the extra resources provided below. Most of the content comes from our  project partner The Yiddish Book Center, but you’ll also find works read in English translation from the Librivox archive, and an interview with Sholem Aleichem’s daughter Marie Waife-Goldberg, kindly provided by The Sholem Aleichem Network.

Yiddish Book Center

Librivox

Additional Resources

Yiddish Book Center Resources

The links below are a gateway to the vast online collections of our project partner the Yiddish Book Center. These resources include recordings of Sholem Aleichem stories read aloud by native Yiddish speakers, lectures and articles about the writer, oral history interviews with descendants of Sholem Aleichem and others he has inspired, and most excitingly of all free digitized copies of 100s of editions of his works.  For more information, visit the Sholem Aleichem Finding Aid.

Steven Spielberg Digital Yiddish Library

Since 2009, The Yiddish Book Center has – through its Steven Spielberg Digital Yiddish Library – made over 11,000 titles from their collection available online. The comprehensive collection includes works of fiction, memoirs, poetry, plays, short stories, science manuals, cookbooks, primers, and more, by the most renowned Yiddish authors and lesser-known writers alike.

Visit our Recommended Reading page where you can access in Yiddish – and in full – 10 indispensable Sholem Aleichem stories selected by the writer’s biographer and this website’s co-director Jeremy Dauber.

Sami Rohr Library of Recorded Books

The Yiddish Book Center’s Sami Rohr Library of Recorded Yiddish Books is a collection of Yiddish works read aloud by volunteers—some of them professional actors, many of them laypeople, all of them native Yiddish speakers—and recorded in the 1980s and ’90s at the Jewish Public Library in Montreal. It comprises some 150 titles, including novels, short stories, nonfiction works, memoirs, essays, and poetry, by both major and lesser-known Yiddish writers.

Frances Brandt Online Yiddish Audio Library

The Frances Brandt Online Yiddish Audio Library contains remastered recordings of lectures by and interviews with writers and poets who visited the Jewish Public Library of Montreal between 1953 and 2005. One of the largest and most accessible collections of recordings of Yiddish authors and academics, it includes literary readings, special events, and talks by notable writers and scholars including Rokhl Korn, Chava Rosenfarb, Mordecai Richler, Avrom Sutzkever, Kadia Molodowsky, Jacob Glatstein, Chaim Grade, Saul Bellow, and Cynthia Ozick.

Wexler Oral History Project

The Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project is a growing collection of in-depth interviews with people of all ages and backgrounds, whose stories about the legacy and changing nature of Yiddish language and culture offer a rich and complex chronicle of Jewish identity.

If you enjoyed these interviews there are 100s more to discover on the Yiddish Book Center’s website.

Pakn Treger, the magazine of the Yiddish Book Center

Illustration by Sarah Maycock

Why Read Sholem Aleichem? 

Jeremy Dauber — Pakn Treger, Winter 2014

LIBRIVOX

LibriVox’s mission is to make all books in the public domain available, for free, in audio format on the internet. What they call an ‘acoustical liberation’. Click above to listen to many of Sholem Aleichem’s stories read out loud in English.

The five stories Sholem Aleichem stories embedded below are from Helena Frank’s anthology ‘Yiddish Tales’ [1912] which includes 48 English translations of stories from Sholem Aleichem, I. L. Perez, Shalom Asch, and others. The stories are read by Adrian Praetzellis.

To listen to more of Sholem Aleichem’s work in Engish translation on LibriVox click here.

The Clock

The Passover Guest

Gymnasiye

Fishel the Teacher

An Easy Fast

Interview with Sholem Aleichem’s Daughter

In this 1968 interview Marie Waife-Goldberg, daughter of Sholom Aleichem, discusses her book, “My Father, Sholom Aleichem” on NBC’s long-running program ‘The Eternal Light’.