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Brand new, rewritten almost from scratch, version of is up! We now have support for multiple versions of the same song, and to celebrate, I finally transcribed the original version of this song, ווער האָט אַזאַ מיידעלע, including a rare recitative verse.

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Hey, so times are hard and all that, I've set up a LiberaPay account in case you want to support this instance (which I'm currently paying for) or any of the other work I'm doing.

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I just made an html index page for the Yiddish songs project. It's at

Right now it's just a bunch of links to the pdfs, and ugly as sin. I need to go to bed

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Why do I spend so much time creating free high quality printable materials of old Yiddish texts and music, using open source tools?

Because I think that such materials and tools must be available to everyone—not just those privileged with academic access—if we want to bridge the chasm created between us and our ancestors by the Holocaust and the era of assimilation, and effect a Yiddish cultural revival in our Diaspora.

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weird... uses the term טומטום and abbreviation ט″ט for the neuter gender; i can't find any other instances of anyone doing this though

watch, this election you'll see attempts to portray Bernie Sanders' attacks on Donald Trump as antisemitic

also, you can just start calling Christian Zionists Jews while delegitimizing the Jewishness of Jewish non-Zionists

the new Jews are Zionists of all peoples and religions; the new antisemites are non-Zionists of all peoples and religions

if you make enough spurious arguments calling someone antisemitic enough times (like Linda Sarsour), you can then discredit anyone you don't like who associates with them (like Bernie Sanders)

then you have an entire self-referential system of far-right bullshit that doesn't even come close to reflecting Jewish opinion or priorities or concerns

Yeah we had fuckers like Bakunin too, but antisemetism is 100% a right-wing talking point that no self-respecting modern leftist would even entertain, never mind trying to use it to gain power.

me: fuck you, cold, you piece of shit, i hate you

cold: well actually, i don't exist, i'm just the absence of heat and you perceive that as--

me: and this is why i hate you



intergenerational trauma, monstrosities 

intergenerational trauma, monstrosities 

i don't care why people are nazis, or why they go to the alt-right, or why they enable the alt-right

i don't care that germans believed that Jews were the reason they lost World War I, and i don't care that white goyish americans think Jews are why they didn't grow up to be special and why their childhood vision of their country didn't turn out to match their adult reality

i am done with the abusive people who say, "don't you see their point of view?" fuck you.

The news have reached us yesterday that the german government has decided that the Hambacher Forest should not be cut down. This is a statement of the Hambacher Forest Press Team:

This news brings us neither joy nor despair. We interpret this as part of a political strategy aimed at delegitimising the Hambacher forest occupation. In the following points we clarify this as an attack on the climate justice movement:
(the english part is below the german)

antisetism cw, holocaut cw 

@derpayatz but Eliyahu Bakshi-Doron and Ovadia Yosef, both Sephardi Chief Rabbis, encouraged Karaite and Rabbinic intermarriage on the grounds that it would encourage the Karaites to assimilate into Rabbinic Judaism

this diaspora is a good thing! it should exist. zionism was a terrible and reactionary movement back to the womb. but people will deny this entire history just to oppose zionism instead of addressing the more pertinent questions of the dispossession that occurred when a lot of zealots decided they were going to go and take the land they'd been praying to return to by force

we developed many Jewish cultures while maintaining a connection to each other, most of the time. we accepted new people into the fold, intermarried with them, and our grandchildren came to resemble the other people in our many new homes.

it isn't a myth or lie, of course. but certainly it isn't the whole story of the Jewish people, either. after being scattered from Eretz Yisrael we interacted with the cultures we came into contact with. we learned their languages, often adding a Jewish twist to them, and over time our pronunciation of Hebrew lost sounds that were no longer familiar to us, or changed them to more familiar sounds. our food changed. we made art and poetry and music and philosophy, as a diaspora people.

we can now speak of other diasporas because the term was made abstract, generalized

but now we have also a strong tendency for certain leftists to act like this original diaspora was itself a myth or a lie

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