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  • Pope, Netanyahu spar over Jesus’ native language [VIDEO]

    May 27, 2014 | 2:32 pm

    Pope Francis and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu traded words on Monday over the language spoken by Jesus two millennia ago.

    "Jesus was here, in this land. He spoke Hebrew," Netanyahu told Francis, at a public meeting in Jerusalem in which the Israeli leader cited a...

  • The Power of Language: Cultivating Positive Emotions

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    June 19, 2013 | 8:30 am

    Language affects the heart. When we’re surrounded by others who speak negatively, it can really affect our mood and disposition. Are we aware of how much negative language there is around us?

    A generation ago, psychologist James R. Averill analyzed 558 emotion words with...

  • The Power of Words

    By Beit T'shuvah

    May 29, 2013 | 2:59 pm

    By Inga Roizman

    Not to be redundant, but there is so much power in words. We speak SO much; we don’t always know what we are saying. Carefully choosing the words we speak reflects mindfulness elevated to a high art...

    So much research has been done related to the power of...

  • Yiddish: The enduring language

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    March 1, 2013 | 12:56 pm

    Among the many ways the Jewish people have sought to honor the Six Million, perhaps none is so life-affirming as the revival of interest in Yiddish, the mother tongue of the vast majority of the men, women and children murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators.

    Yet as Barbara...

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  • Valley congregation debuts Russian-language program

    By Ryan Torok

    August 29, 2012 | 1:32 pm

    Congregation Beth Meier will debut a religious school program in Russian for children ages 6 to 8 at its Studio City campus starting Sept. 9. Citing a limited number of local Russian-language programs for elementary students, Rabbi Aaron Benson said the Sunday morning classes at...

  • Walker refuses to authorize Hebrew ‘Color Purple’

    June 18, 2012 | 3:00 pm

    The author of the “Color Purple” refused to authorize a Hebrew translation of her prize-winning work, citing what she called Israel’s “Apartheid state.”

    In a June 9 letter to Yedioth Books, Alice Walker said she would not allow the publication of the book into Hebrew...

  • Hebrew Bible published In Eskimo language

    May 18, 2012 | 10:41 am

    After a 34-year translation project, the Hebrew Bible and New Testament were published for the first time this week in an Eskimo language.

    A group of Inuit Christians in the Canadian territory Nunavut completed the task of translating the texts into the local Inuktitut, according to...

  • Everyone is Suddenly Irish on March 17th!

    By Julia Bendis

    March 18, 2011 | 11:33 am

    Why does everyone become Irish on St. Patrick’s day?  Even the Jews.  When has it become a good thing for Jews to start drinking?  Have you ever seen Jewish people drink?  No, that’s because most of us can’t hold down our liquor, and its not pretty.

    I am definitely the “drinker” in...

  • I speak Latin, therefore I speak English

    By Julia Bendis

    January 26, 2011 | 10:56 am

    Seeing an older lady at the grocery store today reminded me of my own Grandmother.  She came to the U.S. a few years after we did.  At 70 years old, she was eager to learn the culture, to try everything new, and to live the American dream.  My Grandmother had lived through the...

  • Madoff’s Redemption

    By David Suissa

    December 24, 2008 | 2:47 am

    If you're an active member of the Jewish community -- and perhaps even if you're not -- there's almost no way to properly digest the Bernie Madoff scandal. It's like a quadruple shot of cheap vodka that you drink quickly on an empty stomach. You feel disgusted and drunk at the same...
  • Israel: A work in progress

    By Glenn Yago

    May 15, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    From the birth of the Zionist movement more than a century ago through its 60 years as a Jewish state, Israel has come of age amid a vastly changing world: two world wars, the technological revolution and economic globalization with all its attendant challenges.

    The creation of...

  • 300 ways to make it a multi-cultural seder

    By Amy Klein

    April 17, 2008 | 6:00 pm


    In this silent video excerpt from the book/dvd/cd combo '300 Ways to Ask the Four Questions' Marla Berkowitz explains new signs for Matzoh and Passover and then asks the Four Questions in American Sign Language (ASL).


    Fu san ede a neti disi de difrenti fu tra neti?

    That means, "Why...

  • Hollywood gets lessons in the nuances of Hebrew

    By Etgar Keret

    January 31, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Some time ago, I was invited to a dinner here in Israel attended by a delegation of film people from Los Angeles. During the meal, one successful documentary director asked me a question: Could I think of any Hebrew words that have no equivalent in English?

    An excellent question,...

  • More options available locally for people who want to learn Hebrew

    By Adam Wills

    January 1, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    As tourists flock this year to the Israel to celebrate the Jewish State's 60th anniversary, they may find themselves thumbing through Hebrew phrasebooks to order at a restaurant, to haggle in a shuck or to figure out how to get back to the hotel.

    And while interest in learning modern...

  • No matter how you say it

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    December 27, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Below are several ways to say "Happy New Year." Match the expression to the language it comes from and dazzle your family with your knowledge. Here's a hint: No. 9 is I

    
    1) Afrikaans                a) Boldog Ooy Ayvet
    2) Chinese                  b) Bonne Annee 
    3) French...

  • Shmuel of Arabia

    By David Suissa

    August 23, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    It must have been quite a scene in that little courthouse in Jerusalem. Rav Qapah, a Yemenite Jew who sat on the Jerusalem Beit Din (court of law), was hearing a case involving a commercial dispute between a Jew and an Arab.

    At one point, the beit din heard testimony from an Arab...

  • Language institute helping Ladino revival

    By Jerome Socolovsky

    April 26, 2007 | 8:00 pm


    Daddo & the Ladino Voice (live)
    Click the BIG ARROW for "Adio Querida (Goodbye, My Love)"

    ::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Even at 94 and with eyes that barely see, Angela Pipano vividly recalls her memories of life as a child in Salonika, Greece.

    She remembers a city with more Jews...
  • A few Persian phrases that could come in handy, enshallah

    By Sara Shereen Bakhshian

    February 22, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    These are expressions that might be used in conversation with Persian Jews:

    Salaam -- Hello

    Khodahafes -- Goodbye

    Kaheshmekonam -- Please

    Befarmeyeet -- Welcome (as a greeting)

    Haleh shoma chetoreh? -- How are you?

    Moteshakeram (alt. Merci) -- Thank you

    Khoshal shodam -- Happy...

  • When Ashkenazi and Persian worlds collide—community healing begins at shul

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    February 22, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    In March of 2001 I delivered the sermon abbreviated and reprinted here. Having been the rabbi at Sinai Temple for four years, it seemed time to straightforwardly address the tensions between the Persian and Ashkenazi communities.

    Since that time, by dint of committees, school...

  • Betty Neymark: Second Career From a Second Language

    By Jane Ulman

    December 28, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Betty Neymark
    Barri Evins

    Alex Baum

    Betty Neymark

    Eve Marcus

    Fran Rosenfield

    Marilyn Harran

    Noah Bleich

    Rebecca Levinson

    Yehoram Uziel

    Yoram Hassid

    "Why isn't Temple Judea doing something like this?" Betty Neymark's daughter, Nancy, asked her more than 19 years ago, referring...

  • Left Coast peacemakers mourn 9/11 in many languages

    By Naomi Glauberman

    September 14, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Five years and 3,000 miles from the site of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the mournful strains of calls to prayer in Hebrew and Arabic open the Islamic Center of Southern California's fourth annual commemoration of the attacks of Sept. 11.
     
    The audience, dressed in...
  • Thrown For A Loop

    By Avi Liberman

    July 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "Avi we're doing some looping for a movie called, 'The Mount of Olives.' It was filmed in Israel and we're looking for Hebrew and Arabic speakers." Being an actor and comic in Los Angeles, you run into some interesting gigs. When my friend, Joey, himself a Christian Arab from...

  • Brain-Busting Doc, Eight Letters

    By Morris Newman

    June 22, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The cult status of The New York Times Crossword puzzle is the subject of "Wordplay," an uneven but entertaining documentary by director Patrick Creadon about the people who design the fiendishly difficult crossword puzzles for The Times and the gifted eccentrics who devote their...

  • Dr. Freud at 150

    By Dr. Frank Heynick

    May 4, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "Why," Sigmund Freud once asked rhetorically, "did it [psychoanalysis] have to wait for an absolutely irreligious Jew?"

    Why indeed?

    Freud was born in Freiberg, in the Austrian empire, on May 6, 1856, 150 years ago this weekend. Three years after his birth, his family moved to Vienna....

  • PASSOVER: You Say Charoses and I Say Charoset

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    April 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I was so excited when a publishing house in New York accepted my children's book for publication. Geared to preschoolers, it's a short piece that recounts the steps of the Passover seder in simple, upbeat verse.

    What I didn't realize was that the work would need to be translated.

    ...
  • Home, Home on the Pampas, Where . . .

    By Roberto Loiederman

    March 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    During a recent trip to Argentina -- eager to see where my parents were born -- I traveled to Carlos Casares, a five-hour trip by car from Buenos Aires. At the town's archive, I looked up my family history. I got more than I bargained for -- especially from a volume of local history...

  • Focus on the Love

    By Rabbi Perry Netter

    March 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    When I was in seventh grade, my English teacher made me diagram sentences, not unlike most seventh-graders in America's public schools. Truth be told, I would have rather pulled knitting needles through my cheeks than learn the rudiments of English grammar, but Mrs. McGee insisted...

  • Celebrating a Shpiel-Good Holiday

    By Jane Ulman

    March 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "Ramvetlh QonglaHbe' voDleH," Beth Chayim Chadashim congregant Maggie Anton Parkhurst will say as she begins Chapter 6 of the synagogue's Megillah reading on Erev Purim.

    What?

    It's Klingon, the invented language of the "Star Trek" TV series and films, for "That night the emperor...

  • A Definite Maybe

    By Jill Stewart

    March 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    As Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa swirled through both Washington and Los Angeles this year, a media darling wherever he went,

    I contemplated a core mystery: Can Los Angeles' schools be fixed by a man who loves to be loved, who with his union allies opposed education reform...

  • Where in the World Is ‘Paradise’?

    By Tom Tugend

    March 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    When the controversial film "Paradise Now" is introduced at the March 5 Oscars ceremony, the live and television audiences may wonder not just whether it will win, but exactly where it came from.

    In the listing by countries of the five nominees for foreign language film honors, the...

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