Talia bat Pessi
Talia is a student at Harvard University planning on concentrating in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality. She created and maintains Star of Davida (starofdavida.blogspot.com), a Jewish feminist blog, and has written for over 50 publications. Talia's feminist advocacy work was recognized by her inclusion in the 2013 Jewish Week 36 Under 36. When she manages to find spare time, she enjoys fuzzying with her rescue dog, messing around in Photoshop, and procrastinating on the Internet.
Most people believe that Yiddish literature and poetry was written solely by men. In reality, there were hundreds of female Yiddish writers and poets, all of whom had their own distinct biographies and writing styles.
Edith Kaplan Bregman was one of these women. She was born in a Russian shtetl in 1899 to a Hasidic family, immigrating to New York when she was 13. In America, she was exposed to literature that hadn’t been available in Europe, so she became a voracious reader. Bregman went on to write poetry in her native tongue, Yiddish. Her love of language led her to meet many Yiddish literary giants, like Avrom Reyzen, a poet who became her mentor. While she wrote poems throughout her early life, her works weren’t published until 1939, when a Yiddish newspaper had a poetry contest that she entered and won. Her victory gave her the confidence to publish more of her written work. Some of the themes that recur throughout her poems are a love of Judaism and God, life in Europe, and Holocaust remembrance. In addition to writing poetry, Bregman sang and played the mandolin and piano. Bregman’s last poem was published in 1997, a few years before her death at age 99.
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