A Users' Guide to Yiddish on the Internet
Blitspost un Vebzaytlekh (Email & WebPages) af Yidish
The First Yiddish Text Email Discussion List - all in Yiddish Letters
What is it?
The BlitsBrivnShteler is a new, experimental Yiddish language email discussion list.
The purpose is to use the new methods of sending Yiddish letters in a standardized text
coding system called Unicode UTF-8. All email on this
list is to be exclusively in Yiddish characters - no transcription with the western
alphabet, which has long been the bane of Yiddish email. We do not wish to compete with
pre-existing Yiddish email lists because the technology does not yet exist for all Yiddish
email users to participate in the BlitsBrivnShteler (BBSh). It would be a problem if
something of import were posted to the BBSh which would then be missed by readers of other
lists who cannot participate here. Therefore, the content and tone of the BBSh should be
that of a discussion, an email shmues. Perhaps, in the future, when the major Yiddish
email lists are able to permit Yiddish characters, the BlitsBrivnshteler may be deemed
unnecessary. Meanwhile, it give us a testing ground for the new technology and will enable
us to meet others on line with whom we can exchange Yiddish email. See Rules and
Rules and Guidelines:
- All Yiddish must be in Yiddish characters. (See "How to Join," below, for
links to instructions.) No Yiddish transcription please! [Exception - message subject
lines. See No. 2, below.]
- Conversely, please do use only the western alphabet (e.g., Latin, English letters) in
message subject headers. It's tempting to type with Yiddish characters in the message
header, just because you can. However, doing so can cause problems to some people when
trying to back up their files. Please resist the urge, and do transcribe all
Yiddish message headers.
- If your message content belongs on one of the pre-existing Yiddish email lists, please
send a copy (in transcription) to the appropriate list. You can convert your Yiddish
characters to transcription using the Yiddish Typewriter
- directly accessible at http://www.cs.uky.edu/~raphael/yiddish/makeyiddish.html.
There are many people who, for technological reasons, cannot yet participate fully in
Yiddish text email on this list. For example: Send important technological comments about
Yiddish computing to UYIP (Understanding Yiddish Information
Processing). Send important academic or literary comments about Yiddish to the Mendele list. Send announcements of New
York City regional Yiddish language events to Yugntruf
for inclusion in their announcement email list. Etc.
How to Join:
- Important: You must first prepare your computer for typing and reading Yiddish text
email in Unicode UTF-8. Click on <http://www.shoshke.net/uyip/blitspost.htm>
for detailed instructions for your operating system. Please do not go to Step 2, below,
until you have completed this procedure.
- To join the list, send a blank email to <email@example.com>
How to Participate:
- In order to participate in Der BlitsBrivnShteler, you must first "join" the
list, per the above instructions.
- To send a message to the list, write (in Yiddish letters) to <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
- To unsubscribe, click on the unsubscribe link at the bottom of any email that you
recieve from the list (or you can send a blank email to <email@example.com>).