Yiddish

The cadences of the Talmud left their mark on Yiddish, and Israeli, speech patterns.

July 8 2020 12:01AM

And most of them reveal a hidden admiration for the person who’s had the wit and the grit to get away with it.

Feb. 19 2020 12:01AM

Alter Leyb Robinson and his friend, Shabbos.

Chen Malul
Jan. 13 2020 12:01AM

Let us sing of rodomont, Sinon, proditomania, and, in particular, grobian.

Dec. 11 2019 12:01AM

Lucy Dawidowicz.

Robert King
Dec. 6 2019 12:01AM

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