Philologos


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


Should Israel Have Gone With Yiddish?

By Philologos

Should Yiddish have been the national language of Israel? Philologos says emphatically ‘no,’ because Hebrew is the eternal language of the Jewish people.Read More


A Political Football

By Philologos

A soccer game and Israel’s national anthem are the subjects of this week’s column.Read More


Deciphering Secrets of the 'Patio Tomb'

By Philologos

Is the newly uncovered tomb in Jerusalem one of the earliest known Christian burial sites? The language used in an inscription offers important clues to Philologos.Read More


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