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The Joys of Hebrew - Lewis Glinert

The Joys of Hebrew

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Published: 1st January 1996
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When do you say mazal tov? What is a get, a golem, a kibbutz, a chalutz? What four plant species are waved during prayers on the harvest festival of Sukkot? You'll find answers to these questions and hundreds of others in this remarkable collection of the best known, most loved Hebrew words and phrases in the English speaking world.
From Acharon to Zohar, this informative and often humorous dictionary features over six hundred Hebrew words and expressions arranged in alphabetical order (the Roman alphabet is used throughout, as well as Hebrew head words). The first such guide to Hebrew, this volume is more than a mere lexicon--it is a jubilant celebration of Hebrew itself, a treasure trove of Jewish wit, wisdom, culture, and tradition. Lewis Glinert provides a concise definition of each entry, and then illustrates the word's usage with generous passages from the Bible and the Talmud, the prayers and the sayings of famous rabbis, the razor's edge of Jewish humor, excerpts from the work of Elie Wiesel, S.Y. Agnon, Naomi Shemer and other contemporary writers, folklore from all over the Jewish world, and colorful slices of modern Israeli life. In addition, Glinert provides at the back of the book an alphabetical list of familiar biblical names in English, Sephardi/Israeli Hebrew, and Ashkenazi Hebrew.

"Glinert delights in sharing punchy anecdotes and humorous stories....Will be welcomed on its own merits for its easy readability and informative entries. It is one of the few on the subject available to readers of English."--Library Journal "A guide to some 600 Hebrew words and expressions in active use among English-speaking Jews -- presented with pronounciations and defined sources ranging from Psalms through Chasidic one-liners to Israeli pop songs." --Reference and Research Book News "Glinert delights in sharing punchy anecdotes and humorous stories....Will be welcomed on its own merits for its easy readability and informative entries. It is one of the few on the subject available to readers of English."--Library Journal "A guide to some 600 Hebrew words and expressions in active use among English-speaking Jews -- presented with pronounciations and defined sources ranging from Psalms through Chasidic one-liners to Israeli pop songs." --Reference and Research Book News "A unique resource....Entertaining and informative."--Booklist "[A] delightful collection....The discussions, based on impeccable scholarship, are presented with light-hearted humor so that this is a dictionary that can actually be read."--The Jewish Week

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. xi
Prologuep. 3
The Entriesp. 9
The Words in Their Hebrew Letteringp. 270
The Hebrew Form of Some Familiar Biblical Namesp. 291
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ISBN: 9780195086683
ISBN-10: 0195086686
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 1st January 1996
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 13.5  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.26