How "Anti-Semitism" Replaced "Jew-Hatred" and Why It Shouldn't Have

Looking back from the 21st century on an etymological decision from the 19th century, let us utter an “alas.”

An anti-Semitic 1898 cartoon by Charles Lucien Léandre showing a member of the Rothschild family with the world in his hands. Wikimedia.

An anti-Semitic 1898 cartoon by Charles Lucien Léandre showing a member of the Rothschild family with the world in his hands. Wikimedia.

Observation
May 20 2020
About the author

Philologos, the renowned Jewish-language columnist, appears twice a month in Mosaic. Questions for him may be sent to his email address by clicking here.


Got a question for Philologos? Ask him directly at philologos@mosaicmagazine.com.

Create a free account to continue reading

Welcome to Mosaic

Create a free account to continue reading and you'll get two months of unlimited access to the best in Jewish thought, culture, and politics

Register

Create a free account to continue reading

Welcome to Mosaic

Create a free account to continue reading and you'll get two months of unlimited access to the best in Jewish thought, culture, and politics

Register

More about: Anti-Semitism, History & Ideas