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On the Origin of ‘Shyster’

Master etymologist Gerald Cohen knows how jazz got its name, why they’re called hot dogs, and much more

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Diagnostic Manual of Mishegas

A different version of the famed manual of mental disorders

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My Mother’s Life

How Chava Rosenfarb survived the Lodz ghetto to write a masterpiece about the experience

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Why Is This Knight Different?

As HBO’s medieval fantasy Game of Thrones returns, imagining a Jewish version of the Seven Kingdoms

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What’s Your Sign?

A Yiddish-inflected horoscope that’s equal parts astrology and menschy

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Sundown: Obama Aims To Delay Sequester

Plus David Axelrod gets a new gig

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Vocabulary Word of the Day: Kibitzer

A word for Jews and card players alike

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Sundown: Egypt Riots on Anniversary of Revolt

Plus Bernard Malamud stories to get a celluloid second life

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Daybreak: Iran Sets Up Spy Posts in Syria

Plus Colin Powell backs Hagel for Defense Secretary

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The New Jew-Speak, via Google

Sarah Bunin Benor’s new Jewish English Lexicon crowd-sources distinctive contributions to the language

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Old McYankel Had a Farm

With 200 acres, a love of the mamaloshen, and little by way of experience, a dreamer starts Yiddish Farm

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Is Yiddish Getting Popular Among Arab Israelis?

The mame-loshn may be finding new speakers

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The Last Poet of Lodz

The untold story of the great epic poem of the Holocaust—and the generous, tragic hero who wrote it

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Yiddish Curses for GOP Jews

That hot new website making fun of Jewish Republicans? My husband and I made it—and you’re welcome.

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Hebrew’s Special Pride

Firgun is the ungrudging pleasure one takes in another’s good fortune, and there’s no English word for it

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Hasidic Writers, Plugged In

For some ultra-Orthodox writers, the tension between obedience and skepticism in their community fuels a unique art

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Sundown: Never Forgetting and Iran

Plus Manna that travels with you, a Swiss shul, and more

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Sundown: Palestinian Stations Raided

Plus meh, and meh

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Gilded

The literary journal Di Goldene Keyt nurtured Yiddish writers in Israel and the Diaspora—and made an author in Baltimore dream

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The Family Crisis

Lost Books

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Mother Tongue

A passionate, crusading Yiddisher tries to keep the Eastern European language alive in the cosmopolitan center of the Jewish state

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Stark Loss

The death of a beloved Solomon Schechter teacher shadows a community of former students—many now at the forefront of American Jewish life

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Daybreak: Slammed on Settlements at U.N.

Plus Iran faces inflation and may admit inspectors, and more in the news

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Wonderstruck

Known for Middle Eastern, African, and Hasidic motifs in her music, Basya Schechter adds a new note on her latest album—Yiddish poetry

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Jews and Italians May Basically Be the Same

… but Yiddish is still Yiddish, Rep. Pelosi!

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Divine Right

The Sept. 11 attacks altered many people’s convictions. For ultra-Orthodox Jews, they reinforced a strongly held belief in divine authority.

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Yiddishkeit

The last fully realized work by Harvey Pekar illuminates the bluntness and delight of American Yiddish in the last century. A new excerpt.

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Notes on Haimish

What is and what isn’t

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Yiddishist Torn

Lost Books

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A Very Chutzpadik Justice

Yiddish meets the Supreme Court