Oy gevalt! Yiddish comes from Turkey, say academics

By Simon Rocker, April 27, 2016

Yiddish began as a secret language invented by Iranian Jewish traders who travelled the Silk Road, a group of researchers has claimed.

According to their analysis of the genetic ancestry of Yiddish-speakers, Ashkenazi Jewry originated in a group of north-eastern Turkish villages rather than in Germany as often thought.


LLAP, Mr Spock

March 4, 2015

The word iconic is over used, but Leonard Nimoy was one of the truly iconic figures of the past half century. Mr Spock was one of the great fictional characters, who spoke not just to a nation but to much of the planet. And as Josh Glancy writes this week, he was so clearly, so obviously and so deeply Jewish. Generations of us saw reflections of ourselves — of parts of ourselves — in him.


Oy! The word that says it all

By David Robson, March 14, 2014

I don’t know if it’s because I’m getting older or because I write for the JC but I’m saying “oy” a lot more than I used to. It’s the world’s most useful syllable. For chanting Chasidim it’s a sort of substitute for the secular la-la-la-la — in songs where nobody’s bothered to write enough words.