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The Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms
     

The Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms

by Sol Steinmetz
 
Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms is a unique and much needed guide to the way many Hebrew, Yiddish, and Aramaic words and meanings are used by English speakers. Sol Steinmetz draws upon his years of dictionary editorial experience, as well as his lifelong study of Jewish history, traditions, and practices, to guide the reader through

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Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms is a unique and much needed guide to the way many Hebrew, Yiddish, and Aramaic words and meanings are used by English speakers. Sol Steinmetz draws upon his years of dictionary editorial experience, as well as his lifelong study of Jewish history, traditions, and practices, to guide the reader through the essentially uncharted territory of Jewish usage. Dictionary of Jewish Usage clarifies the meanings of Jewish terms that have been absorbed into English, as well as the transliterated Hebrew terms from sacred texts that reflect differing pronunciations. The Dictionary also explains terms that are often misused, sheds light on the meaning of clusters of terminology, and delineates the etymology and pronunciation of many words, making this Dictionary an invaluable guide for anyone curious about Jewish usage.

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Reference and Research Book News
This book will be of great value to readers interested in Jewish usage.
Choice
This dictionary of common terms used in the Anglo-Jewish world brings clarity and comprehension to expressions from all aspects of Jewish life...be valuable for anyone interested in Jewish studies, and for students of religion, European history, and the Middle East.
The Houston Chronicle
Invaluable and scholarly.
The New York Times Magazine
Sol Steinmetz, one of the world's great lexicographers . . . has just turned out the invaluable and scholarly Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms that shows how Hebrew, Yiddish, and Aramaic words are being absorbed into the English language.
— William Safire
CHOICE
This dictionary of common terms used in the Anglo-Jewish world brings clarity and comprehension to expressions from all aspects of Jewish life...be valuable for anyone interested in Jewish studies, and for students of religion, European history, and the Middle East.
The New York Times Magazine - William Safire
Sol Steinmetz, one of the world's great lexicographers . . . has just turned out the invaluable and scholarly Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms that shows how Hebrew, Yiddish, and Aramaic words are being absorbed into the English language.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742543874
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
08/15/2005
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 9.26(h) x 0.91(d)

Meet the Author

Sol Steinmetz is a linguist, lexicographer, and ordained rabbi educated at Yeshiva University and Columbia University. He has edited over thirty dictionaries and is the coauthor of Meshuggenary: Celebrating the World of Yiddish.

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