Rabbi Shafran, whose latest book is “It’s All In The Angle” (Judaica Press), blogs at rabbiavishafran.com.
‘Hanukkah, Oy, Hanukkah!’
An inquiry into the Yiddishisms related to ‘God Bless America,’ the patriotic classic written by a Russian-Jewish immigrant
What’s with all these people getting defenestrated all of a sudden?
‘Do we really imagine that true respect for women can survive, let alone thrive, in a world where standard “entertainment” is saturated with their objectification and all too often actual abuse?’
A Yiddish phrase that sums up the feeling of being utterly beat at the end of the holidays
The story behind the old Yiddish saying ‘like a chicken in children of man’
Like a wormhole through space-time, Judaism provides a way to change the past
For Selichot in 1939, Ruzhan’s Jews prayed beside the ashes of the synagogue where they had almost been burned alive
A Yiddish etymological journey leads from Rudy Giuliani to Chinese teakettles, the Three Stooges, Russian hackers, and back again
We have the dirt on one of Yiddish’s most evocative words
The one Yiddish phrase you need to make sense of the president’s latest adventures in international politics
There are many ways to tell someone off in the mamaloshen, but only one medical metaphor that really stings
What’s in a glitch? You’d be surprised.
The wonderful Yiddish word meaning, well, nothing
Meet the Yiddish word that perfectly captures our frightful moment
And the Yiddish word that unites them
Confused? Mistaken? Lost? There’s a Yiddish word for that.
Is anything mutcheh-ing you these days?