Two weeks ago, the Associated Press reported that roughly two dozen Iranian Jews took part in a “pro-nuclear rally” at the United Nations office in Tehran. The report indicated that the Iranian Jews held Torahs in their arms and also signs in Hebrew and English proclaiming their support for the Iranian regime’s nuclear ambitions.
Iranian Jews holding Torah scrolls demonstrated in Tehran in support of Iran’s nuclear program.
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As a linguist who studies Yiddish-influenced English, I’ve had a busy week. As soon as Arvind Mahankali won the Scripps National Spelling Bee with the word “knaidel,” the messages began to arrive. On facebook, through email, and in person, my friends, relatives, and colleagues wanted to know what I thought. Here are some of the questions I’ve been asked, along with my answers.
Listening to Hebrew songs is officially frowned upon by many West Bank residents, but interest in learning the language of the “other society that is very close but still far away” is clearly picking up among Palestinians wishing to understand Israelis.
The Israeli-Iranian singer Rita performed at the United Nations General Assembly Hall.
More than 103,000 people have signed a petition calling on President Obama to free imprisoned spy for Israel Jonathan Pollard.
The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has given a green light to a proposal for a dual-language charter elementary school to be located in Van Nuys offering classes in English and Hebrew.
Just before 1 o'clock on a sunny afternoon, students streamed out of the Amirim Public School and headed for home. But for their teachers, the workday was far from over.
An Iranian state-run media outlet reported on an Arizona businessman's claim that Israel is behind the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
The long forecast “Holocaust fatigue” among filmmakers and their audiences has not yet arrived, judging by the entries for 2013 Oscar honors by producers and directors in numerous countries.
When “Rivky,” a Charedi, or ultra-Orthodox, woman with “a very large family” — she declined to say how large, fearful of tempting fate — opened a woman’s clothing shop in the basement of her Jerusalem home 40 years ago, advertising her business was easy.
On Oct. 17, seven Israeli English news websites led with seven different stories.
The Tel Aviv City Council rejected a proposal to include Arabic on the city's official emblem.
When his family moved to Israel in 1998, Robert August-Dalfen probably never envisioned the day he would wear a banana costume.
There’s a concept in the Persian language – ghessmat – for which no exact equivalent exists in English. It refers to a person’s unrelenting, inescapable, for better or worse but either way, it was designed and executed specifically for you, destiny.
German-Jewish author Rafael Seligmann has launched a Jewish quarterly magazine.
A couple of years ago, I wrote a public letter to President Obama applauding his commitment to peace in the Middle East, but warning that he should be prepared to fail. My reasoning was that he was following Albert Einstein’s definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and hoping for a different result. In critiquing his approach, I used the metaphor of trying to plant a flower into desert sand. No matter how hard you try to force it, if the earth isn’t right, nothing will grow.
Transgender pop diva Dana International will represent Israel at this year's Eurovision song contest. The Israeli music star won the chance to sing the Hebrew and English song "Ding Dong," written by Zvika Pik, during a contest Tuesday night broadcast on Israeli television, where viewers voted for their choice. She won Eurovision in 1998 with the song "Diva," also written by Pik.
We are your neighbors. All we want is a life of peace and prosperity for your children, and ours. Please urge your government to stop their violent actions against us. Show to the world that you are committed to peace and a better life. There is no glory in death; only widows and orphans, blood and tears. For peace is not a dream but can become a reality.
The unprecedented show of pride and self-confidence by British Jews in the nation's first-ever Salute to Israel parades may be a sign of the transformation of a community long considered timid and low key.
Excerpt from an Israeli TV show "Ktzarim": some troubled people meet for group therapy. In Hebrew with English subtitles.
In the new Austrian film, "Zorro's Bar Mitzvah," Jewish party documenter Andre describes the addictive nature of his video extravaganzas.
When Devora Kidorf wanted to help a family of four from northern Israel displaced by Israel's battling with Hezbollah, she knew where to turn. Having hosted the family for a night but needing to make room for relatives from abroad, the English teacher and mother of seven posted an urgent message on Janglo -- the ultimate online networking service for English-speaking ("Anglos") in Jerusalem -- seeking accommodations for the family she had just met.
Looping is plugging in background sound for movies after they are shot so they sound more realistic. I had done some looping sessions before, but they were all in English. While this movie was also in English, there were plenty of scenes with Hebrew and Arabic in them. My Hebrew is far from perfect, but I can still pull off the Israeli accent so I was pretty sure I could do the job.
Rashi, the most famous of our medieval biblical exegetes, quotes a beautiful Midrash to explain the unusual grammatical construct.
"Calling," Rashi writes, "preceded every statement, every saying and every command. It is lashon hibbah, the language of love."
Another woman has come into my relationship with my boyfriend, and she's the best thing that's ever happened to us.
A week ago, a 22-year-old Japanese foreign exchange student named Mari moved in with us for the month while she studies English in the morning and hip-hop dances in the afternoon.
Eight-year-old Danielle dashes to the front of her third-grade classroom and shows off her drawing of an equilateral triangle.
Beginning in June, terror victims will be able to go online and chat one-on-one and in real-time with rabbis, counselors and therapists about their personal and financial problems.
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Here we go again. For the third time in four years, Californians are about to be treated to another racially tinged slugfest, this time over bilingual education.