Hebrew

The shifting historical meaning of “Thou shalt not oppress a stranger.”

June 7 2017 12:01AM

After many decades, not yet fluent.

May 23 2017 12:01AM

Keeping Yiddish out of the movie theater.

April 21 2017 12:01AM

When people find out that I teach Hebrew literature, they invariably remark, “Oh, you must be fluent.” I’ve now been working hard at it for many decades, and I’m still not there.

April 13 2017 12:01AM

A kinship between the artist and the outlaw.

Robert Alter
April 5 2017 12:01AM

It’s because of demons.

April 5 2017 12:01AM

A new history of the language explains its remarkable survival.

March 30 2017 12:01AM

Where does the Yiddish word narishkayt come from?

March 22 2017 12:01AM

“This now is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh” and other remarkable Hebraisms in the English tongue.

Feb. 15 2017 12:01AM

The fauna of the Bible.

Natan Slifkin
Dec. 22 2016 12:01AM

There’s Greek oinos and Hebrew yayin, to say nothing of such farther-flung cognates as Swahili mvinyo and Maori waina. Is there a common root?

Dec. 21 2016 12:01AM

Why are my friend’s Italian neighbors calling a house a bayta?

Nov. 9 2016 12:01AM

That’s Mr. Ḥeshvan to you.

Shlomo Zuckier
Nov. 2 2016 12:01AM

What nahagos, the casual term for “driver,” tells us.

Sept. 14 2016 12:01AM