Languages

Jewish Languages Quiz

How much do you know about Hebrew, Aramaic and other languages spoken by Jews?

The 22 Best Yiddish Words to Know

A brief glossary of important and commonly used Yiddish words and phrases.

Eliezer Ben-Yehuda and the Making of Modern Hebrew

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

Hebrew 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

Ashkenazi "Old Country" music found new life in America in the late 20th century.

7 Things You Should Know About Hebrew

The Jewish people's traditional language has a storied past.

Literature 101

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

10 Yiddish Words That Went Mainstream

Even as fewer American Jews spoke Yiddish at home, various Yiddish words and phrases were adopted into the American lexicon.

Hebrew Words

Some basic Hebrew words for a beginner.

Yiddish Theater in New York

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