Thursday, 5 July 2018


TOYBE PAN (b. 1800)
            She was a poetess born at the very start of the nineteenth century.  Her poem written during a plague in her city may be found in Ezra Korman’s Yidish dikhterins, antologye (Yiddish poetesses, an anthology) (Chicago: L. M. Shteyn, 1928), pp. 38-41.  This is a historical poem in the religious spirit of that era, and it has the character of a prayer, or tkhine (prayer in Yiddish for women), as the author herself expresses it: “A lovely poem redone in the language of tkhine is worth devising.”

Source: Shmuel Niger, “Fun der bikher-velt” (From the world of books), Tsukunft (New York) (November 1928), p. 406.
Yankev Kahan

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