“Unelected” was first used in 1776. Other words first used during that year include “slaveholder,” “regime,” “sour cream” and “killjoy.”
Before “mushlam, the word I noticed suddenly popping up everywhere was “migvan,” or “selection.”
“We want to make sure that teachers can teach and make sure that they don’t go in to preach,” said Kate Miller of the ACLU.
In a country like Iceland, where there are only 330,000 people, sometimes it’s hard to find a Jew.
Linguists explain that “Jewish lightning” often goes along with the phrase “successful fire.”
“The Talmud’s discussion of when it is okay to lie is quite moving.”
“Even in difficult periods like the intifada, this holiday was not cancelled.”
How did Timshel, a new startup founded by an Obama tech guru, get a Bible reference so wrong? Blame John Steinbeck and ‘East of Eden.’
David Grossman and Amos Oz are finalists for the Man Booker Prize. Which is good news for literature and, unfortunately, for anti-Semitic conspiracy theorists.
Aviya Kushner has always been proud of her family name. Now, she fears that it has become a symbol for a bizarre and diluted version of Judaism.