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Nurit Orchan

Nurit Orchan completed her M.A. in 2004 and in her PhD in 2008 at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, under the guidance of Professor Chava Turniansky. Orchan’s first book, Yotzot me'arba Amot: Nashim Cotvot Ba'Itonut Be'Yiddish Ba'Imperia HaRussit (Staking a Claim: Women Writing in the Yiddish Press in Tsarist Russia), was published in 2013. Her second book, Omdot Ba'Nisayon: Raishit Siporet Hanashim Hamodernit Be'yiddish (Holding Their Own: The Beginning of Modern Fiction Written by Women), published in 2021, is an anthology of short stories she collected and edited and that she translated to Hebrew with Yehudit Levin and Chava Farstay. Among her articles are "Shtetl Metropolis and In Between," in From the Shtetl to the Metropolis, (Amsterdam Yiddish Symposium 6, 2012) and “The representation of Man in Stories Written by Women in the Yiddish press in Tsarist Russia" (Hebrew), published in Massechet12 , 2016. Nurit Orchan is an independent scholar. She writes articles and gives lectures in academic and non- academic institutions.


Articles by this author

Yiddish: Women's Participation in Eastern European Yiddish Press (1862-1903)

The development of the Yiddish press allowed Jewish women to move from the domestic into the public sphere and to be part of public discussion about communities’ affairs, to acquire knowledge of other Jewish towns and world events, and to express themselves publicly in their own language understood by all. They wrote letters to the editor, stories and articles, and opinion pieces and practical instructions.

Chava Turniansky

Chava Turniansky is a leading scholar of Old Yiddish, which she views not just as the vernacular of fourteenth to eighteenth century Jewish society but as a vehicle for understanding the literary, philological, historical and sociological mores of the period.

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