So we’ve all been watching “Unorthodox.” Whatever you might think about the show, it has brought a lot of attention to the cultural details of one branch of the Jewish experience. The one constant in all the critical commentary is a near universal praise and appreciation for the show’s use o…

So we’ve all been watching “Unorthodox.” Whatever you might think about the show, it has brought a lot of attention to the cultural details of one branch of the Jewish experience. The one constant in all the critical commentary is a near universal praise and appreciation for the show’s use o…

While I have envisioned this column predominantly to deal with issues of language, these troubled times call for the wider consolations of culture. Jewish religious culture, of course, has ample resources to draw on, well-stocked theological storehouses of solace and succor. In modern Yiddis…

With its story of liberation and redemption and its intense heymish family orientation, Passover has long offered remarkable opportunities for Yiddish’s linguistic creativity and playfulness. What’s more, because Passover falls in early Spring, it is often represented as a time of rebirth an…

What is Yiddish? “Yiddish is a way of life,” you will hear. “Yiddish is a culture, a heritage,” or “Yiddish is an entire world.” Whatever else Yiddish may be, it is foremost a language. A unique, supple, expressive, fascinating language; a language with its own set of histories and delectabl…