Language

A desecration of what is most sacred.

Jonathan Sacks
April 12 2019 12:01AM

Mosaic reader was able to solve the mystery of the Yiddish expression tapn a vant, “to grope a wall.”

Feb. 20 2019 12:01AM

From Hebrew to Spanish to German to Italian and onward, the term is now as international as Coca-Cola.

Feb. 6 2019 12:01AM

It is practically impossible to utter a complete sentence in Hebrew that lacks gender.

Dec. 19 2018 12:01AM

A Russian Jew and an Indian Zoroastrian.

Sara Molaie
Sept. 20 2018 12:01AM

On the possible whereabouts of Ophir and Tarshish, and how to get there by ship from Palestine.

Aug. 24 2017 12:01AM

A new history of the language explains its remarkable survival.

March 30 2017 12:01AM

What we learn from the story of the Russian phrase shakher-makher, or wheeler-dealer.

Feb. 22 2017 12:01AM

Including the oldest one extant.

Ilana Tahan
Feb. 14 2017 12:01AM

A linguistic investigation prompted by a meal in Rome of carciofi alla giudia.

Feb. 8 2017 12:01AM

Created by an East European Jew disillusioned with Zionism and Hebrew, the language was meant to unite humanity in a spirit of brotherhood.

Dec. 7 2016 12:01AM

Why certain terms having to do with the basics of life are less prone to linguistic change than others.

Nov. 23 2016 12:01AM

Ludwik Zamenhof’s world language.

David Mikics
Oct. 31 2016 12:01AM

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

Sept. 14 2016 12:01AM