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2014
Mini Museum of Old Jewish Vilna
Litvish: An Atlas of Northeastern Yiddish (in progress)
Yiddish Names of Towns and Cities in Lithuania
A Cultural Dictionary of Lithuanian Jewish Gravestones (in progress)
Map of the Lithuanian Holocaust (in progress)
Draft syllabus for a program in Litvak Studies
Video excerpts from interviews on Yiddish language, folklore and culture:
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Video excerpts from interviews on the Lithuanian Holocaust
Video excerpts from interviews on the Latvian Holocaust
Video clips on current Holocaust history issues

2013

Reconstructing the Sound Pattern of 19th Century Ashkenazic Hebrew Poetry in Vilna
Mystery of the Eight-Pointed Western Litvak (Za'meter) Symbol on Jewish Gravestones
The Fate of a Vilna Jewish Cemetery
Review of Chodakiewicz’s Intermarium
Purim in Lithuania?
Other articles

2012
Yiddish fiction translated into English
Yiddish fiction translated into German

2012 version of the Lithuanian Yiddish Atlas questionnaire

2011
On the Status of Maps in Linguistic Research (with G. Beconytė)
Detonation of the Holocaust in 1941: A Tale of Two Books

2010
Lithuanian Jewish Culture (400 pp. folio, revised and updated edition, Vilnius 2010)
Work-in-progress version of Litvish: An Atlas of Northeastern Yiddish
Questionnaire for Litvish: An Atlas of Northeastern Yiddish
Critique of neo-Nazi marches in Vilnius and Riga
The Klaipeda court’s ruling on swastikas

2009

Seven Kingdoms of the Litvaks (produced for the 2009 Jerusalem Book Fair)
Preface to The Sounds of Silence (Vilnius 2009)
Tomas Venclova’s translation into Lithuanian
The Gaon of Vilna (encyclopedia article in the SMERSH series)
Yiddish version of the Užupis Constitution (Paupio St, Vilnius) [fragment]


2008

Excerpt from Windows to a Lost Jewish Past: Vilna Book Stamps
Jewish Cultural Correlates of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania
Yiddish text & typography for the multilingual sign of the Užupis Republic (a district of Vilnius)
Interview with Darius Ross on the ‘Five Litvak rules of drinking’
In honor of Shimon Alperovitch on his 80th Birthday

Latvia Expedition I
Latvia Expedition II
The one and only Kalmen Kovl (Carl Cowl) I
The one and only Kalmen Kovl (Carl Cowl) II
The Remarkable Sherwin Wine I
The Remarkable Sherwin Wine II
Against the “Red=Brown” Resolutions before the European Parliament I
Against the “Red=Brown” Resolutions before the European Parliament II
Rokhl (Rachel) Margolis I
Rokhl (Rachel) Margolis II
The Dybbuk of Druya (short story)
The Golem of Glubok (short story) I
The Golem of Glubok (short story) II

2007

Joe Boski, master U.S. diplomat in Vilnius I
Joe Boski, master U.S. diplomat in Vilnius II
In honor of Fania Yocheles Brantsovsky I
In honor of Fania Yocheles Brantsovsky II
In honor of Fania Yocheles Brantosvsky III
Noah Shneidman’s Vilna Ghetto medal I
Noah Shneidman’s Vilna Ghetto medal II
Yehoyesh I
Yehoyesh II
The dialectology of afikéymen (afikomen) in Northeastern Yiddish
A tear for Shneur-Zalmen

2006

Hirsh Chosid of Grodna
Meylekh Stalevich found his mother in a Vilna courtyard
The priest of Rozhanke in the church that was a synagogue
Feyge-Leye Katz, tormented convert of Vorne (Varniai)
Hirsh Pekl of Vilkomir (Ukmerge)
Dobke Yonis of Zezmer (Žiežmariai)
Meeting the Multitheists (Pagans) of Lithuania
Stefanija Gudėniene (once Feygitshke Yoffe) of Utyan (Utena), sole survivor of the massacre
at Abolnik (Vabalninkas), who said: “Please write my story when I die”

2005

The posthumous Gaon of Vilna and the history of ideas
Yudel Mark of Palonge (Palanga)
What does the word Litvak mean?
Blumke Katz of Svintsyan I
Blumke Katz of Svintsyan II
Blumke Katz of Svintsyan III
Who is a Litvak?

2004

Lithuanian Jewish Culture
Dangers of Modern Cartography
Hasidism in today’s Ukraine, from Chernobyl to Berdichev
Avrom Orlinsky of Mozer (Mazir)

2003

Beylke Dillon (Lipkovich) of Oshmene (Ashmiana)
The Gaon of Vilna’s Yiddish Dialect
Lithuanian Jewry: Origins, Culture, Identity
Shimke Gurvitch of Svintsyan (Svencionys)

2002

Itske Gavenda of Kovne
Blumke Katz of Svintsyan
Chatskl Lemkhen of Vilne (Chackelis Lemchenas of Vilnius)
Meirke Stoler of Radin
The Bund and Yiddish Culture
Rachel Kostanian’s Spiritual Resistance in the Vilna Ghetto
Expedition to Kurland
Vilne [preface to a book]
The 1999 Murder of Liba Krinitzky in Mir

2001

Lithuanian intellectuals who lead the way to historic truth
A new Yiddish institute opens in Vilnius
Three conferences in Lithuania
On the Road to the Old Country (Mindaugas Kvietkauskas interview)
Images from Jewish Belarus (2001)

2000

Images of Jewish Lithuania (2000)
Images from the Vitebsk area (2000)

1999

A Yiddish Experiment in Vilnius
How to help the Holocaust’s Last Victims
Images from Jewish Belarus (1999)
Peshke Levitain and Shleyme Frayman of Smolovitsh (Smalavitshi)
Pinye Sheyner and Hirsh Revenzon of Drise (Verkhnedvinsk)
Poet Hirsh Reles of Minsk
Sonia Pomerantz of Grodno I
Sonia Pomerantz of Grodno II
Zalmen Katzkovich of Lintoop (Lintupy)

1998

A plea on behalf of the Elderly Jews of Eastern Europe
Chatzkel Lemchen of Vilnius
Dina Kharik of Minsk
Eli Goldfand of Amdur (Indura)
Grandmother Moyne (Mona) comes back to denounce the communists
Joseph Shapiro’s Private Little Museum in Vilnius
Shleyme Weinstein of Brisk (Brest)
The Religious Prestige of the Gaon and the Secular Prestige of Lithuanian Yiddish
The secret Prayer House in Kabik, from Stalin’s Times
The Tzikpins of Mior
The Yiddish Speaking Architectural Restorers of Minsk
Ziske Shapiro of Podbrodz (Pabrade)

1997

Avrom-Yankev Berchifand of Radashkovits
Abrashke Rogovsky of Radin (and Tel Aviv)
Leeba Krinitzky of Mir
Meirke Stoler of Radin
Sore-Rive Lifschitz of Kabik

1996

Where is Raysn?
Anna Verschik of Estonia

1994


New incarnations of an old debate: the (controversial) Lithuanian Yiddish based standard pronunciation

1993

Amended Amendments: Issues in Yiddish Stylistics

1991

New York Times report on the first Vilnius-Oxford Yiddish studies agreement


1987

Grammar of the Yiddish Language

1986

Course on Yiddish Dialectology

1983

Yiddish Dialectology

1980

The Wavering Yiddish Segolate and Sociolinguistic Reconstruction

1978

Vocalic Diaphonemes of the Yiddish Dialects

Líte: The Classic Litvak Territory



Map of the Jewish Communities of Lithuania:
Links to their Holocaust Fate

(draft)


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