Our language columnist Aviya Kushner takes a deep, deep dive into the world of foreign literature and learns what is lost (and found) in translation.
Columnist Aviya Kushner reports from the American Literary Translators’ Association conference — a rare place in the world where translators are treated like celebrities.
There were at least 7 Hebrew and Yiddish 19th century translations of “Robinson Crusoe.” Exploring the language of seafaring, Aviya Kushner explains why sailors and Jewish readers have a lot in common.
Cuneiform is enjoying a newfound life as a cookie recipe. Aviya Kushner speaks with the University of Pennsylvania’s Katy Blanchard about this very retro craze.
Though considered a dead language, Akkadian actually influences how all of us read and speak. The Forward’s new language columnist Aviya Kushner explores the language’s enduring impact.
The choice of translation can make all the difference, as Aviya Kushner explains.
On the campaign trail, Bernie Sanders cited The Bible to decry exorbitant credit card interest rates as “usury.” But, according to Aviya Kushner, Sanders’s Biblical reference is a little misleading.
How Aviya Kushner’s search for the appropriate words to say at her sister’s wedding led her on a quest for self-awareness — and biblical knowledge.
DES MOINES, Iowa — Dennis Ross, America’s point man on the peace process during the 1990s, came to Iowa last week to talk about the Arab-Israeli conflict. But his speech, made to 450 people at a local Conservative synagogue, took an unexpected turn when a tall man in traditional African garb approached the microphone during the