Sarah Benor

Studying 'Orthodox Jewish English'

HUC professor documents the role of language in taking on new, observant lifestyle.

10/22/2013
Staff Writer

Princeton — Over a kosher Chinese meal at a Lunch & Learn program in Princeton University’s Center for Jewish Life, a visiting academic offered some chosen words about language — “Jewish language,” that is — one recent afternoon.

Sarah Benor, who teaches at HUC in Los Angeles, documents in “Becoming Frum” how newly Orthodox men and women act, and speak.

Beyond Kvetch, Kvell: A New Lexicon

Professor launches web-based dictionary, invites entries from everybody.

11/20/2012
Staff Writer

From alte kaker, or old man in Yiddish, to zatar, an Israeli spice, Americans’ Jewish identity has long flavored their English.

Now a professor has harnessed the Internet to collect those heimish (cozy and warm) expressions that have made their way into the vernacular from sources including, but not limited to, Aramaic, Ladino, Yiddish and Hebrew.

Sarah Benor is the professor behind the Jewish English Lexicon. Bill Aron
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