Hebrew Language

Ancient versus Modern Hebrew Script - It’s known that the ancient Israelites wrote in a totally different script of Hebrew than the one used today. Wouldn’t the earlier one have been the original script of Hebrew – the one the Torah was given in? If so,... More »
Ashkenazi-Sefardi Pronunciation - I've noticed that Ashkenazi synagogues pronounce some words differently than Sefardi synagogues. What is the halachic status of these two variants? Do Ashkenazim who speak "Israeli" on a daily basis act consistently if... More »
Holy City of Many Names - I have a school project and I need to write about the four names for Jerusalem. Can you tell me what they are? More »
Mazal Tov! - I am not Jewish, but I frequently hear the words "Mazal Tov" at a wedding or on television. What is the origin of this expression? More »
Pareve Food - Please could you explain to me the origins of the term Pareve and how this came to refer to food that is neither dairy nor meat? Thanks very much. More »
The Word "Selah" - The word "selah" is used frequently in the Book of Psalms (for example, in Psalms 3:3). But I have yet to see a good, consistent translation. Do you know what it means? More »
What's A Balabostah? - I recently became married, and in setting up my first home, my elderly grandmother keeps referring to me as a "balabostah." Is that a compliment? Exactly what is a "balabostah"? More »

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