Around the Maggid's Table: Translating Black Letters and White Spaces

By Or N. Rose

Josh Rolnick, The Sh'ma Institute, December 2010

The author discusses the challenge for translator's of conveying not only the plain meaning of the original text, but also the cultural resonances of phrases, and the assumed knowledge of the first intended readers. He describes this task with the metaphor of translating not only the black letters, but also the white space around them.

Topic: Hasidim, Language, Culture, Artistic Expression, Hebrew, Jewish Text, Yiddish, Chasidim, Hasidism

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Berrin, Susan

Volume/Issue: Vol.41/no.675

Page Number(s): 15

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Rose, Or N. Around the Maggid's Table: Translating Black Letters and White Spaces. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Josh Rolnick, The Sh'ma Institute. December 2010: 15.


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