Languages

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.

Yiddish: What You Should Know

An overview of the grammar — and the many ways this Jewish language differs from Hebrew.

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!

Jewish Languages 101

What happens when a people has no land of its own?

Who Are Sephardic Jews?

After their expulsion from Spain in 1492, Sephardic Jews mostly settled in Amsterdam, North Africa and the Middle East.

What “Mazel Tov” Means

Hebrew words of celebration and congratulation.

Ashkenazi and Sephardic Hebrew

You say "Shabbes," and I say "Shabbat."

What is Ladino?

Judeo-Spanish -- also known as Ladino -- mixes 16th-century Spanish, Hebrew, Turkish and other languages.