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Why Kitniyot Passover Fight Is Literally Full of Beans

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Why do some Jews consider beans, peas, lentils and other legumes off-limits for Passover? Philologos explains what the great kitniyot fight has to do with the Legume War of 1868.Read More


Moses Told Us To Dip Hyssop in Blood. Did He Mean Marjoram?

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We all know that Moses told the Jews to take a bunch of hyssop, dip it in blood and paint their doorposts with it on Passover. There’s a good chance that what he meant was wild marjoram.Read More


Was Daniel's ‘River of Fire’ Really the Milky Way

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The Bible claims Daniel saw a ‘river of fire’ coming from God’s throne. Philologos believes he may have been referring to the Milky Way.Read More


What's a Jewish Town Doing in the Middle of 'Madame Bovary?'

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Centuries after Jesus reportedly healed a paralyzed man in the Jewish town of Kfar Nahoum, the hamlet regained fame in Gustave Flaubert’s novel ‘Madame Bovary.’Read More


Is There an Echo in Here?

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Philologos explains why ‘bat-kol,’ an echo or a mysterious voice that conveys a divine message, is not ‘ben-kol’ and what it has to do with Greek mythology.Read More


Prisoner X and the Letter of Mystery

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Prisoner X has been in the news lately, but why does he get that moniker? Philologos reveals the strange, mysterious history of using ‘X’ to designate nameless people.Read More


The New Testament Sounds Odd in Yiddish

By Philologos

If you thought that a Yiddish translation of the Qur’an sounded odd, just try translating the New Testament into a language used only by Jews.Read More


Legends of the Fall

By Philologos

Philologos explains how the Genesis creation story may come from a Babylonian myth about an epic civil war where the gods attack the followers of Tiamat, the goddess of salt-water.Read More


Strange Case of a Death in Venice

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Philologos tries to solve a 300-year-old mystery. Why did someone carve Hebrew letters on a coffin in 18th century Venice, and what do they mean?Read More


A Very Merry 5773 to All

By Philologos

Many Jews might not know that the new Jewish year is 5773. Philologos explains why even fewer Israelis know what the acronym tash’ag means.Read More





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