Category Archives: language

A Judeo-Arabic mystery book

I’ve been going through my old Hebrew manuscripts, and came across a fragment that I’ve been wondering about for many years. It hails from Yemen, and it’s written in Hebrew characters – but it’s Arabic. My guess is that it’s … Continue reading

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Our rigid concept of time

I just finished reading E=MC2 by David Bodanis. It’s a fascinating book, and for the first time, I feel as if I can grasp some of the importance of this formula and its history. One subject the book touches upon, … Continue reading

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Ethiopic languages and the status of Amharic

Ethiopia contains upwards of 80 distinct ethnic groups, and just about every one of them has its own language. For a traveler who is language-conscious, such as myself, this can be bewildering. At the same time, it’s refreshing; the Ethiopian … Continue reading

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Similarities between Hebrew and Amharic (this post is frequently updated)

My journey to Ethiopia was actually two journeys. I’ve already written about one, and the one I have yet to write about actually began on the Ethiopian Airlines jet that took me to Addis Ababa. As soon as I boarded … Continue reading

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In memory of Lounes Matoub

I remember reading a short news blurb back in 1998. It said something about a popular Algerian folk singer being murdered. Though I hadn’t a clue who the singer might be (his name was not mentioned), I felt a pang … Continue reading

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Allah, niggers and YHWH

As the world laughs at Malaysia over their silly ban on the use of the word “Allah,” which simply means “God” in Arabic, Western countries should take a good hard look at themselves. Coming from a Jewish background myself, whenever … Continue reading

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Our endangered English irregular plurals

The complex history of English manifests itself in various ways. It contains a multitude of loan words both from the English having been conquered, and having been conquerors. The commercial, religious and political history of the English is all evident … Continue reading

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