Language

From “nation” to “pagan” to “non-Jew.”

Marilyn Cooper
Dec. 11 2015 12:01AM

Once an international language, it is now in danger of extinction.

John McWhorter
Sept. 16 2015 12:01AM

Some of the oldest examples were found in China.

Adam McCollum
Aug. 21 2015 12:01AM

Yes, argued Hayyim N. Bialik, one of the great poets of the early 20th century. He wanted to “reprogram” Hebrew for mundane use by stripping. . .

March 3 2015 12:01AM

In the long history of the Diaspora, Jews have preserved Hebrew as a ritual language almost wherever they have gone; they have also developed their. . .

Sarah Bunin Benor
Feb. 18 2015 12:01AM

Is the tech term, as in computer hacker, connected with the verb hakn, meaning to chop?

Jan. 28 2015 12:01AM

The Hebrew Bible generally refers to Jews by some variation of the word Israel. (The word Jew does not appear as such until the later. . .

Yitzhaq Feder
Jan. 14 2015 12:01AM

Much as vulgar language is acceptable in certain social situations but not in others, different forms of address are appropriate for different situations. Many European. . .

Dec. 10 2014 12:01AM

A new history of the creation of modern Hebrew ends with speculation about whether the Hebrew language could become the basis of an Israeli identity. . .

Dec. 8 2014 12:01AM

The Yiddish phrase talmid hokhem denotes someone learned in Talmud. But, despite a common misconception, it does not contain the word Talmud. Rather, it comes. . .

Nov. 17 2014 12:01AM

Israel recently decided, at the behest of Christian religious leaders, to recognize those Arabic-speaking Christians who wish to identify themselves as “Arameans.” This has raised. . .

Nov. 4 2014 12:01AM

Hebrew, like many languages, has a strict system of grammatical gender. Most verb forms indicate whether the subject is male or female; nouns are always. . .

Oct. 30 2014 12:01AM

A Yiddish expression that translates literally as “I have it in my left earlock,” and figuratively as “I don’t give a damn,” is not one. . .

Oct. 20 2014 12:01AM

When it comes to the Gaza campaign, linguistic obtuseness leads to radical distortion at the New York Times and tendentious, error-riddled assertions at the Forward.. . .

Sept. 24 2014 12:01AM