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Ubiquitous Holiday Greeting Irks Some

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Rosh Hashanah is done for the year. But two readers seek advice from Philologos about the proper grammar and usage of the well-known greeting l’shana tova.Read More


Virtuous Woman Worth Weight in Coral?

By Philologos

Neil Tuchten, a South African judge, asked about the well-known verse in the book of Proverbs: “Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies.”Read More


Yom Kippur: The Fast of All Fasts

By Philologos

In Biblical times, the Yom Kippur fast was known as the fast. It helped mariners keep track of the seasons, especially since storms usually came later in the year.Read More


Happy Rosh Hashanah to All, No Matter What the Gender

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Philologos offers a timely refresher on Hebrew’s feminine nouns. He explains when their plural takes the masculine ending and when they don’t, like shanot tovotRead More


A Honeymoon of Jewish Study

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An upcoming Talmudic study period is described as a “bridal month,” or a honeymoon with the Torah. Our language columnist, Philologos, explains.Read More


Did Moses Have a Speech Impediment?

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Was Moses a stutterer or was he simply unable to make certain sounds? Philologos investigates the Biblical clues to his ‘heavy toungue.’Read More


Sorry Can Be the Hardest Word

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Turkey wants Israel to apologize for its handling of the 2010 Gaza flotilla. Philologos asks whether their understanding of the word apology may be getting in the way.Read More


Unpacking 'Umgepotch' A Word for Sloppy

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Our language columnist answers a reader who wants to know the nuance of ‘potchkie’ — a slap, a dawdle or a waste of time.Read More


Was Amy Winehouse 'A Nice Jewish Girl'?

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Is it a cliche to call Amy Winehouse a ‘nice Jewish girl’? No, says Philologos, who argues that the term actually has a special meaning imported from the Yiddish word sheyne.Read More


At the Heart of Self-Hatred

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Richard Falk isn’t a self-hating Jew, he is a self-lover of the I’m-not-one-of-you variety, argues Philologos. If you can think of a catchier term, let him know.Read More


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