The Origins of Yiddish—A Response to Philologos, Part Dray

Aug 26, 2014 by

[NOTE TO READERS: This post is part 3 of a mini-series on the origins of Yiddish. The concluding part 4 will be published after a short summer break, in the week after Labor Day.] [Many thanks to Merlin Dorfman for bringing the...

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The Origins of Yiddish—A Response to Philologos, Part Tsvey

Aug 23, 2014 by

[Many thanks to Merlin Dorfman for bringing the Philologos’ essay to my attention and to Martin W. Lewis for his helpful comments and corrections to this post! I am also grateful to Olaf Koeneman and George Walkden for their...

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The Origins of Yiddish—A Response to Philologos, Part 1

Aug 20, 2014 by

[Many thanks to Merlin Dorfman for bringing the Philologos’ essay to my attention and to Martin W. Lewis for his helpful comments and corrections to this post!] The Jewish Daily Forward has recently published a four-part essay by...

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(Serbo-)Croatian: A Tale of Two Languages—Or Three? Or Four?

Aug 18, 2014 by

[This post was originally published in July 2013] On July 1, 2013, Croatia became the 28th member of the European Union, 20 years after it won its independence in the bloody wars that ravaged the Balkans in the 1990s. The EU ascension...

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Israeli Elections 2013: Tell Me Who You Vote For and I’ll Tell You Who...

Aug 15, 2014 by

[This post was originally published in February 2013] When I first moved to Israel from the Soviet Union at the end of 1990, one of the things I was most excited about is an opportunity to vote in real elections, ones featuring more...

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Christians in the Middle East: problems and prospects

Aug 14, 2014 by

[This post was originally published in September 2013 --- the topic is again timely] Christianity remains an important minority religion in the Middle East, yet many Christian communities in the region have found themselves in an...

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The Khazarian Hypothesis and the Nature of Yiddish

Aug 12, 2014 by

[This post was originally published in February 2013. Thanks to Martin W. Lewis, Dave Howard, Dmitry Pruss, Bill Poser, Lev Stesin, David Erschler, Sophia Osminkin, and Igor Solunskiy for a helpful discussion that led to this...

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