In Medieval Eastern Europe, a game began to spread using a four-sided top with letters printed on it. Those letters stood for “all”, “none”, “half”, and “put in”. When this game was adapted by Yiddish speakers, they used the Yiddish letters gimel, hey, shin, and nun to stand for “gants” (all), “halb” (half), “shtel ayn”…
Spotted on Haaretz English.
Brooke Goldstein’s article “The Time Is Now for a Jewish Civil Rights Movement” takes an opportunity to make an argument for Jews and uses it instead to take cheap shots at trans people, anti-ICE activists, and Palestinians.
Bundism wasn’t created to oppose Zionism; it was created as a solution to the very same crushing oppression faced by European Jews of the time that Zionism was created to solve.
It is a view commonly held among amateur linguists, among whom I count myself, that Modern Hebrew is a constructed language “invented” by Eliezer Ben-Yehuda. The official Tumblr of the Language Creation Society recently alluded to this, sparking a discussion on the LCS list which introduced a number of equally ridiculous claims, such as that Modern Hebrew was a “reconstructed language” in the same sense as Proto-Indo-European. I have edited my own remarks and am presenting them here, along with other things I subsequently learned.