Language

New borrowings and old ones.

Alexander Jabbari
Aug. 17 2021 12:01AM

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

April 28 2021 12:01AM

The language of Paul Celan.

Nov. 24 2020 12:01AM

Some paleolinguists have floated the idea of an original human language they call “Proto-Sapiens.” Is that what our ancestors were speaking when they built the Tower of Babel?

Oct. 21 2020 12:01AM

Israeli politicians have in recent decades become obsessed with calling each other poodels.

June 3 2020 12:01AM

A recently discovered letter explains.

Zack Rothbart
May 5 2020 12:01AM

Amid the familiar clutter of vowels and cantillation marks, a few strange dots appear. They have no obvious function, and yet they go back thousands of years. Their purpose is . . .

July 12 2019 12:01AM

Nachman Blumental.

Gal Beckerman
July 9 2019 12:01AM

A desecration of what is most sacred.

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