אויף איין פֿוס
שפּרינגט און פֿײַפֿט
אָן אַ פֿאַרוואָס.
איבער שטעט —
נישט ער זיצט
און נישט ער שטייט.
פֿרעג איך אים:
„וואָס שפּרינגסטו, נאַר,
ס׳ברענט בײַ דיר,
ווי אויף פּאָזשאַר?‟
פֿײַפֿט און שפּרינגט,
און נאָך אים —
שטיי איך מיר
און טראַכט מיט קאָפּ:
ניין, פֿון זין
ז׳די וועלט אַראָפּ!
בײַ מיר אַ קלעפּקע?!
וואָס איז אָבער
דאָ צו טראַכטן —
שפּרינג איך אויך.
אַלע פֿײַפֿן —
מוז מען פֿײַפֿן
און נישט דרייען זיך
vive em: New York City, Estados Unidos
Boris Sandler was born in 1950 in Bălți, Bessarabia (Yiddish: Beltz, today: Moldova), where he was raised among Holocaust survivors and their children in a Yiddish-speaking milieu.
Sandler began studying music at the age of five, and worked as a professional violinist for a decade, including seven years playing with the Moldovan State Orchestra.
As part of a group of Yiddish and other minority-language writers he studied literature at the Gorky Literature Institute in Moscow and in 1981 Sandler was among the first cohort of Yiddish writers and poets to study Yiddish literature at the graduate level in the USSR since Stalin's purge of Yiddish writers and educational institutions in the late 1940s.
In 1989 Sandler became the host and lead producer of the first regularly-appearing Yiddish-language television show On the Jewish Street, which aired for several years on Moldovan television.
Sandler moved to Israel in 1992, where he soon became active in the local community of Yiddish writers and journalists, contributing articles to the Yiddish press, working in a publishing house and at Hebrew University where he assisted in the cataloging of interwar Yiddish periodicals.
In addition to his work as the executive director of Leivick House Publishing, Sandler published a children's magazine Kind un Keyt. During this period three of Sandler's books appeared in Israel; the novella Case Number 5390 (1992) and the short story collections The Old Well (1994) and Gates (1997).
In 1998 Sandler moved to New York to begin working at the Yiddish edition of The Forward. After the unexpected death of editor-in-chief Mordechai Strigler several months later Sandler took over the newspaper, adding an international lineup of new contributors and training two generations of new Yiddish journalists. Additionally, Sandler oversaw the production of several thousand hours of The Forward's weekly Yiddish radio show, and produced a dozen CDs of Yiddish music and audio books, which were released under the aegis of The Forward. During this period several of Sandler's novels appeared as serials in the paper.
Besides his work as a writer and editor Sandler also produced a series of twelve documentary films about the lives of Yiddish writers. Most of these films, released between 2009 and 2016, were based on interviews conducted in the late 1990s, when the last generation of Yiddish writers who came of age before World War II were still active in Israel.
Sandler retired from the Yiddish Forward in 2016 after 18 years as editor-in-chief. He continues to publish his own fiction as well as the works of others in the online publication Yidish Branzhe, which he founded and edits.
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