Religious Thought in Yiddish - In geveb: A Journal of Yiddish Studies special issue

We are pleased to announce that In geveb: A Journal of Yiddish Studies will be devoting a special issue to the subject of religious thought in Yiddish, an emergent field of Jewish Studies. We invite submissions that consider theological, spiritual, and other religious themes—broadly defined—in Yiddish writings such as literature, poetry, drama, sermons, liturgy, commentaries, rabbinic literature, and translations from all historical periods and cultural contexts. We welcome studies of the Yiddish writings of important religious thinkers whose works in other languages have received more scholarly attention. We also invite submissions that investigate (or model) the interface between orality and textuality, or between Yiddish and other Jewish languages in religious contexts, that highlight the way Yiddish religious writing spans political boundaries, and that explore (or demonstrate) the nature, theory, and practice of translation as it relates to Yiddish sources dealing with spiritual or theological subjects.


In addition to academic articles, we are interested in original translations of Yiddish works (whether published or in manuscript), as well as short blog entries (c. 2000-3000 words). We also invite pedagogical submissions; for example, papers exploring how to integrate Hasidic and religious Yiddish texts into Yiddish language courses, or how the research of Jewish religious thought is vitally enriched through including the study of Yiddish and Yiddish-language sources. In geveb’s dynamic interface allows for the incorporation of high-resolution images and video clips, and to integrate online sources; submissions making use of digital tools are encouraged. We also invite proposals for book reviews, or review essays, which take up the theme of this special issue. Co-authored and collaborative submissions are welcome.


The deadline for submitting an abstract of 300-500 words is April 1st, 2017. Submitters will be notified as to the status of their proposal by May 1st and final essays will be due August 1, 2017. All final publication decisions are at the discretion of editors and the In geveb editorial board. Please direct all questions to: and


Guest editors:

Ariel Evan Mayse, Hebrew College

Naomi Seidman, Graduate Theological Union

Marc Caplan, Yale University

Daniel Reiser, Zefat, Herzog and Shalem Colleges