Aviya Kushner, The Jewish Daily Forward

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Past articles by Aviya:

Why Ladino will rise again

The third annual Ladino Day in New York played to a sold-out crowd at the Center for Jewish History. → Read More

This year, let’s debate everything — except Israel

Remember, the Jewish reputation for argument was earned and honed far, far before the advent of Zionism. → Read More

IMPEACH: Why The Word On Everyone’s Mind Means So Much More In Hebrew

One tiny little dot in the Hebrew word for “impeach” carries great significance and food for thought. → Read More

No One’s Studying Hebrew Anymore — That’s A Big Problem

College Hebrew study is dropping sharply, and that's a big issue for the American Jewish community. → Read More

The Unbearable Happiness Of Natalia Ginzburg

Ginzburg came from a prominent Jewish family, but always took great pains to remind interviewers that her mother was not Jewish. → Read More

No, Rosanna Arquette Isn’t Anti-Semitic — But You Might Be

Arquette came under fire for suggesting that Jewish people are particularly responsible for helping children in detention centers. → Read More

I’m A Latina Jew. My People Are In Concentration Camps Today

When AOC said the detention centers on the US southern border were concentration camps, she was right. → Read More

We’re Arguing About Concentration Camps — But What Does The Term Really Mean?

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Liz Cheney argued over the term "concentration camp." Does the term apply only to Nazi camps like Auschwitz? → Read More

Why Saul Bellow Really Matters Right Now

As I walked into the completely packed house for a performance of “The Adventures of Augie March” — the new play based on the Saul Bellow novel that is making its world premiere right now in Chicago — I thought of how Bellow was once everywhere. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature; taught at the prestigious Committee for Social Thought at The University of Chicago for three decades; and when he… → Read More

How To Capture The Nuances Of Torah — In Braille

Now we can translate a musical system of reading the Torah that is centuries old — using modern technology to transmit the ancient. → Read More

Does The Book Of Esther Have The Longest Word In The Hebrew Bible?

It has been said that The Book Of Esther contains the longest word in the Hebrew Bible. But that's not the whole megillah. → Read More

Ilya Kaminsky: A Poet At The Height Of His Powers, Questioning Everything

In "Deaf Republic," Ilya Kaminsky shows he is the latest in a long tradition of Odessa writers. → Read More

Even If We Distance Ourselves From Israel, Can We Remain Close To Hebrew?

"What We Talk About When We Talk About Hebrew," edited by Naomi Sokoloff and Nancy Berg, takes a maximalist approach to the Jewish language. → Read More

Want To Learn Arabic? Start With ‘The Little Prince’

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's classic "The Little Prince," published in Arabic and translated into Hebrew, is now available for just 88 shekels. → Read More

Why Making Hebrew Nonbinary Is So Crucial

The Nonbinary Hebrew Project is trying to revolutionize how Hebrew speakers consider gender. Some find the approach "linguistically mad." → Read More

A Very Yiddish Way To Respond To Brexit

Our language columnist compiles the best of Yiddish tweets responding to Brexit. → Read More

Suddenly, Yiddish Theater Is Everywhere!

From the Yiddish production of "Fiddler on the Roof" to "Gimpel the Fool," Yiddish theater is having its moment. → Read More

Israelis Use Emojis More Than Americans — And Other Truths About Online Etiquette

Whether you're texting in German, Hebrew, French or English, different etiquette rules apply when you're online. → Read More

Why Trump’s Callous Call To End Birthright Citizenship Is A Jewish Issue

Donald Trump's recent statements about his plans to remove "birthright citizenship" should strike fear in the hearts of Jews. → Read More

Why We Must Pay Attention To What ‘Pay Attention’ Means

In English, attention is something we pay. In Spanish, attention is something we lend. But what about Hebrew? → Read More