Yiddish

One word got turned upside down and downside up again.

Oct. 24 2019 12:01AM

The renowned expert on Yiddish literature stops by to talk everything Tevye, Fiddler, Sholem Aleichem, and more.

Aug. 15 2019 12:01AM

This Tevye is no “sweetie-pie Jew.”

June 19 2019 12:01AM

Ḥasidic songs, and much else, will be known to the world thanks to his work.

Greer Fay Cashman
June 18 2019 12:01AM

Before becoming linked to the famous architect who was trying to escape it, the German word mies (rotten) made its way from Hebrew, to Yiddish, to a thieves’ argot called Rotwelsch.

May 22 2019 12:01AM

Contention was so much a part of modern Yiddish culture that, in any study of that culture, it was all but taken for granted.

March 27 2019 12:01AM

There were many more illiterate Jews in the Tsarist empire than we tend to think there were.

March 6 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

The many hypothesized sources for the saying, “To have butter on one’s head.”

Jan. 9 2019 12:01AM

A new golden age, thanks to ḥasidic readers.

Rose Waldman
Dec. 19 2018 12:01AM

The Worms mahzor.

Ilan Ben-Zion
Sept. 12 2018 12:01AM

Philologos is quite certain the words of the prayer are in German, not Yiddish. But beyond that?

July 25 2018 12:01AM

The hidden roots of the Yiddish-American expression “to shep nakhes.

July 11 2018 12:01AM