Philologos


Phil, We Hardly Knew Ye — Or Should We Say Vous?

By Philologos

Phil, We Hardly Knew Ye — Or Should We Say Vous?
The French say tu to close friends and vous with others, which won’t work in Hebrew or English. In his final column for the Forward, Philologos explains these linguistic intimacies.Read More


Could Spoken Language Be the Key to Unification?

By Philologos

Could Spoken Language Be the Key to Unification?
What if Israel wasn’t a Jewish state but a Hebrew state? Having one common language might help forge one Israeli identity — but not without some problems.Read More


Chickenshit: The Sequel

By Philologos

Chickenshit: The Sequel
Philologos admits that he is no stranger to profanity, and defends himself against critics, who argue that he misinterpreted what it meant when Benjamin Netanyahu was called ‘chickenshit.’Read More


At Least Six Degrees of Wisdom and Nuttiness

By Philologos

At Least Six Degrees of Wisdom and Nuttiness
Philologos points out that not every rabbi is a ‘rabbinical scholar’ and not every rabbi’s pupil is a smart man. Did a Forward article muddy the Talmudic waters?Read More


The Epic Battle Between Chicken and Chickenshit

By Philologos

The Epic Battle Between Chicken and Chickenshit
Being called ‘chicken’ is one thing but ‘chickenshit’ is quite another. Philologos explains why Benjamin Netanyahu got so upset when the diplomatic stuff hit the fan.Read More



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