Philologos


The Yiddish Quran

By Philologos

Philologos examines how odd it would be for an ultra-Orthodox Jew to read the Muslim holy book in a tongue so inextricably linked to Judaism.Read More


David Brooks Channels 'Perplexed' Maimonides

By Philologos

New York Times columnist David Brooks offered a ‘Guide for the Perplexed’ on the 2012 presidential race. He’s one of many who’ve recently used the title coined by the famed Jewish philosopher Maimonides.Read More


Many Mysteries of the Word ‘Mystery’

By Philologos

What’s the history of the word ‘mystery’? Philogos reveals all, touching on both ancient Hebrew and one of our favorite authors at the same time.Read More


Yoshke of Nazareth

By Philologos

Jews have many name for Jesus, not all of them nice. Some Yiddish speakers used a dismissive epithet translating roughly as Little Joe. Others call him son of Panther.Read More


‘Jew-Washing’ Is Bad Practice and Phrase

By Philologos

Some have coined the term ‘Jew-washing’ to refer to the practice of enlisting Jews to make stands that might otherwise be considered anti-Semitic more palatable to the public.Read More


Maccabees Most Macabre

By Philologos

Is there a link between the word ‘macabre’ and the Maccabees? Could be. The word was coined in medieval days when Maccabees were revered as martyrs.Read More


Bon Voyage for Jews

By Philologos

Jews often say goodbye by bursting into a Yiddish song called ‘Yoshke Fort Avek.’ It was made famous by a character dubbed ‘the Jewish Maurice Chevallier.’Read More


How To Train a Hebrew-Speaking Dog

By Philologos

It’s not easy to train a dog, let alone doing so in Hebrew, which has plenty of rules for female nouns. Philologos is too polite to use the B-word, but no such luck with us.Read More


A Guide for the Judgmental

By Philologos

A reader questions the common translations of a line in ‘The Ethics of the Fathers.’ Philologos says he’s got a point, if you look at the scales of justice.Read More


How To Get a Haircut in Lvov

By Philologos

There are plenty of ways to tell a Jewish boy to get a haircut. In Yiddish, a mom uses three languages to send a mop-haired son to the barber, Philologos writes.Read More





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