Languages

Homepage Placeholder image

Languages

How to Learn Hebrew

A guide to online courses, tools and programs for adult students.

Sephardic Jews

The Sephardic Exodus to the Ottoman Empire

How Jews fleeing Spain and Portugal transformed the region.

Languages

Jewish Languages Quiz

From Hebrew to Aramaic, Ladino, Yiddish, and Judaeo-Arabic–how much do you know about the languages that Jews spoke in the ...

Eliezer Ben-Yehuda and the Making of Modern Hebrew

The Lithuania-born visionary turned an ancient language into a spoken one.

Israeli Literature in Translation: A Reader’s Guide

You don't have to know Hebrew to enjoy some of Israel's best books.

Sholem Aleichem

One of the most beloved writers of Yiddish literature, his work inspired the hit musical "Fiddler on the Roof."

Klezmer Music

Klezmer music found new life in America in the late 20th century.

Literature 101

The People of the Book have created a sizable corpus of secular prose and poetry.

Yiddish Theater in New York

A cultural phenomenon of Jewish America in the early 20th century.

Praying in Hebrew

Sometimes not understanding the words can actually enhance the experience of prayer.

Yiddish Literature in the 20th Century

Yiddish writers emigrated from Europe, and though Yiddish writing all but ceased after the Holocaust, it is seeing a small rebirth today.

Ladino Literature

Literature in Judeo-Spanish, the language of Sephardic Jews

Yiddish, Ladino & Other European Literature

Because many Jewish writers wrote in German, Russian, French, and other European languages, what we call "European Jewish literature" overlaps with European literature as a whole.

Jewish Languages: From Aramaic to Yiddish

Think Hebrew is the only Jewish language? Think again!

Languages 101

Language and land are intricately connected. What happens, then, when a people has no land of its own?