Hebrew

Hebrew was once written in both directions. How did it fix its direction, and what does that show about the history of writing in general?

Jan. 18 2023 12:01AM

Dicta Maiven.

Zvika Klein
Sept. 13 2022 12:01AM

The word, like a small number of other Egyptian loanwords in the Bible, testifies to a period in which the early Israelite nation, or a part of it, was in intimate contact with Egyptian life.

Sept. 7 2022 12:01AM

The Blue-and-White party has transformed into . . . well, it’s unclear, at least in English.

Aug. 24 2022 12:01AM

Don’t fear rote learning.

Saul Rosenberg
Aug. 15 2022 12:01AM

The deultimization of the Hebrew language proceeds apace.

July 20 2022 12:01AM

In the end, one doesn’t know what to be struck by more: the fact that a computer can translate Hebrew at all, or the fact that when it does, it does so atrociously.

July 6 2022 12:01AM

Only in Schopfloch, as far as I know, have a large number of originally Jewish words survived in the speech of the local populace to this day.

May 11 2022 12:01AM

“An earthquake in biblical scholarship” is how the discovery has been described. That’s true, as are the connections it reveals between ancient languages and modern ones.

April 6 2022 12:01AM

“But a man came from behind the curtains and . . . and killed this tsaddik.”

David Geffen
Feb. 18 2022 12:01AM

From 1491 to 2021.

Gabby Deutsch
Nov. 12 2021 12:01AM

And why each has been preferred in different times and places.

Oct. 20 2021 1:55AM

Quite a few masculine and feminine Hebrew words, when pluralized, take the form of the opposite gender. Why?

April 28 2021 12:01AM

As tracked through the waxing and waning value of the Hebrew words for “departees” and “descenders.”

Jan. 6 2021 12:01AM