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Lend Me Your (Yiddish) Earlocks

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Lend Me Your (Yiddish) Earlocks
A common Yiddish phrase literally means ‘I have it in the left earlock.’ Philologos investigates the idiom, which does not require knowledge of Jewish hairstyles.Read More


What's an Angel of Rain Doing in a Jewish Sukkot Prayer?

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What's an Angel of Rain Doing in a Jewish Sukkot Prayer?
At the heart of the Shemini Atzeret rain prayer, there is a reference to ‘the angel of rain.’ Philologos investigates how it wound up in the Sukkot celebration.Read More


Why 'Have a Nice Fast' Isn't Always the Right Thing To Say

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Why 'Have a Nice Fast' Isn't Always the Right Thing To Say
Just as it is a commandment not to eat on Yom Kippur, it is also a commandment to eat before it. Philologos says there is no other meal of the Jewish year which is required of the faithful.Read More


What Do We Mean by 'Erev Rosh Hashanah?'

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What Do We Mean by 'Erev Rosh Hashanah?'
When we speak of erev rosh hashanah, are we using proper Hebrew or an Americanism? Philologos explains the answer is not as clear as night and day.Read More


The Secret Yiddish History of Scotland

By Philologos

The Secret Yiddish History of Scotland
As the Scottish independence vote looms, Philologos investigates the origins of Scots Yiddish. Is it a dialect, a language all its own —  or something else entirely?Read More



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