Hebrew and Yiddish
501 Hebrew Verbs
501 Hebrew Verbs
Hebrew    Paperback      ISBN: 1438010400
Learning Hebrew becomes easier with Barron's 501 Hebrew Verbs. Each verb is listed alphabetically in easy-to-follow chart form--one verb per page with its English translation. The author presents the most commonly used Hebrew verbs in all forms, and includes example sentences and common idioms to demonstrate verb usage and how verbs function within the sentence.

This comprehensive guide to Hebrew verb usage is ideal for students, travelers, and adult learners. It includes:
  • The 1531 most common Hebrew verbs, fully conjugated, grouped into 759 roots based on verb frequency
  • The Hebrew roots and derived infinitives printed at the top of each page
  • Less frequent verb forms realized in the relevant roots listed separately (citation forms only)
  • Present participles, verbal nouns and infinitives (construct and absolute forms)
  • Jussive forms of verbs that are significantly different from non-jussive ones
  • Example sentences for each verb-root group, with accompanying translations, followed by special expressions incorporating the relevant verbs
  • Notes on usage register (such as literary, colloquial, and slang) as well as on colloquial alternates of normative forms
  • An explanatory essay discussing Hebrew verb formation and usage
  • Root index, Hebrew-English Index, and English-Hebrew index, in alphabetical order
Adventures in Yiddishland: Postvernacular Language and Culture
Adventures in Yiddishland
Postvernacular Language and Culture
Paperback      ISBN: 0520258118
Adventures in Yiddishland examines the transformation of Yiddish in the six decades since the Holocaust, tracing its shift from the language of daily life for millions of Jews to what the author terms a postvernacular language of diverse and expanding symbolic value. With a thorough command of modern Yiddish culture as well as its centuries-old history, Jeffrey Shandler investigates the remarkable diversity of contemporary encounters with the language. His study traverses the broad spectrum of people who engage with Yiddish-from Hasidim to avant-garde performers, Jews as well as non-Jews, fluent speakers as well as those who know little or no Yiddish-in communities across the Americas, in Europe, Israel, and other outposts of "Yiddishland."
Allusive Soundplay in the Hebrew Bible
Allusive Soundplay in the Hebrew Bible
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 1628371447

This book focuses on the way the biblical writers used allusive soundplay to construct theological discourse, that is, in service of their efforts to describe the nature of God and God's relationship to humanity. By showing that a variety of biblical books contain examples of allusive soundplay employed for this purpose, Kline demonstrates that this literary device played an important role in the growth of the biblical text as a whole and in the development of ancient Israelite and early Jewish theological traditions.

Anglish/Yinglish: Yiddish in American Life and Literature, Second Edition
Anglish/Yinglish
Yiddish in American Life and Literature, Second Edition
2nd Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0803261470

Writers have celebrated the fruitful dialogue between English and Yiddish for decades. In this engrossing lexicon, Gene Bluestein reveals the full extent of that dialogue, introducing "Anglish, or Anglicized Yiddish, in which a Yiddish word is integrated into English usage, as in 'shmo'and 'shmoozing'; and Yinglish, or Yiddishized English, in which an English word is integrated into Yiddish usage, as in 'allrightnik, ' or the expression 'a Heifitz he isn't.'" Bluestein's insights into and examples of countless Yiddish expressions that have made their way into American English are fascinating and delightful. They vividly remind us of the multiculturalism of the American language and of the nation itself.

The lexicon can be read selectively, like a dictionary, or straight through, as an informative and entertaining romp through a sumptuous linguistic tradition. Everywhere are the words of some of America's most distinctive voices--Saul Bellow, Cynthia Ozick, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Grace Paley, Philip Roth, Joseph Heller, and countless others. This greatly expanded and updated second edition of Anglish/Yinglish is a splendid guide to the ways Yiddish has permeated and transformed the American language.

Basic Yiddish: A Grammar and Workbook
Basic Yiddish
A Grammar and Workbook
Yiddish    Paperback      ISBN: 0415555221

Basic Yiddish: A Grammar and Workbook comprises an accessible reference grammar with related exercises in a single volume.

The workbook is structured around 25 short units, each presenting relevant grammar points which are explained using multiple examples in jargon-free language.

Basic Yiddish

is suitable for both class use as well as independent study. Key features include:
  • a clear, accessible format
  • many useful language examples
  • jargon-free explanations of grammar
  • abundant exercises with a full answer key

Clearly presented and user-friendly, Basic Yiddish provides readers with the essential tools to express themselves in a wide variety of situations, making it an ideal grammar reference and practice resource for both beginners and students with some knowledge of the language.

Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia-FL
Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia-FL
Hardcover      ISBN: 3438052180

Large print edition of the Hebrew Old Testament. A revision of Kittle, Biblia Hebraica prepared by H. P. Ruger and other scholars on the basis of Manuscript B19A, in the National Public Library, St. Petersburg, Russia, with a thorough revision of the Masoretic apparatus by G. E. Weil. Introduction in German, English, French, Spanish, and Latin. English key to Latin words, abbreviations, and symbols.

Biblical Hebrew for Students of Modern Israeli Hebrew
Biblical Hebrew for Students of Modern Israeli Hebrew
Hardcover      ISBN: 0300084404

This is the first textbook written for the purpose of teaching biblical Hebrew to college-level students who already know some modern, Israeli Hebrew. Marc Brettler provides a clear, comprehensive book with numerous well-constructed exercises to help students either make the transition from modern Israeli Hebrew to biblical Hebrew or deepen their understanding of biblical Hebrew. The book is also ideal for individuals who might like to study independently, and for serious Jewish adult-education programs.

Biblical Hebrew for Students of Modern Israeli Hebrew is unique in its emphasis on phonology, based on the conviction that a strong grounding in phonology makes it possible to learn biblical Hebrew grammar in a much more systematic fashion. This method also allows verbal conjugations to be taught much more quickly and systematically. Although the text is not inductive, it uses authentic biblical texts throughout to illustrate fundamental points, and it contains many biblical texts in the exercises. Students progressing through the book will quickly be encouraged by a sense of accomplishment as they encounter and understand well-known biblical passages.
Biblical Hebrew Step by Step
Biblical Hebrew Step by Step
Paperback      ISBN: 0801060419

After years of classroom testing and development, this major new textbook is offered for learning biblical Hebrew. The author is one of today's foremost teachers of Hebrew.

Blessings, Curses, Hopes, and Fears: Psycho-Ostensive Expressions in Yiddish
Blessings, Curses, Hopes, and Fears
Psycho-Ostensive Expressions in Yiddish
Paperback      ISBN: 0804733945

In this delightful book, the author enumerates and classifies the formulas Yiddish speakers use to express their emotions. It is a rarity among scholarly books, for it brings joy while it teaches; it makes us smile, sometimes roar with laughter, while it develops the most rigorous linguistic argumentation. The author analyzes the many kinds of Yiddish psycho-ostensives--ranging from blessings and thanks to lamentations and curses. To a person who mentions something horrible you can say: Zalts dir in di oygn, fefer dir in noz! (Salt into your eyes, and pepper into your nose!). Or to a child you might tenderly murmur: A gezúnt dir in yeder éyverl! (A health to all your little body-parts!). The author illustrates how these formulas can be used to fulfill social conventions, to keep away evil, to show off--or even to deceive the listener. Comments [1999] I have known and profited from this book for many years, and its interest for linguistics and Yiddish studies has grown steadily. The book will have three audiences: specialists in Yiddish; linguists, psychologists, and anthropologists who are interested in the emotional side of language; and general linguists familiar with Matisoff's outstanding contributions, both witty and insightful, in other linguistic fields. --William Labov, University of Pennsylvania Matisoff's book was pathbreaking, innovative, and crucially important when it was first published and remains so today. It is as relevant as it was then, if not more so. Matisoff is a consummate scholar and also an excellent writer: clear and weighty but also whimsical and witty. --Deborah Tannen, Georgetown University

Born to Kvetch: Yiddish Language and Culture in All of Its Moods
Born to Kvetch
Yiddish Language and Culture in All of Its Moods
Paperback      ISBN: 0061132179

“An earthy romp through the lingua franca of Jews. . . . This treasure trove of linguistics, sociology, history and folklore offers a fascinating look at how, through the centuries, a unique and enduring language has reflected an equally unique and enduring culture.”--Publishers Weekly, starred review

The main spoken language of the Jews for more than 1,000 years, Yiddish offers a comprehensive picture of the mind-set that enabled them to survive a millennium of unrelenting persecution across Europe. Through the idioms, phrases, metaphors, and fascinating history of this wonderful tongue, Michael Wex gives us a moving and inspiring portrait of a people, and a language, in exile. From tukhes to goy, meshugener to bobe mayse (cok-and-bull story), Born to Kvetch offers a wealth of material, some that has never appeared in English before, on all elements of Yiddish life, including food, nature, divinity, humanity, and even sex.