Posts Tagged ‘ islam ’

Reading the Koran in Yiddish

October 27, 2015
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Reading the Koran in Yiddish

Demand for a Yiddish translation of the Koran has never been particularly high, but that didn’t discourage Solomon Blumgarten, penname Yehoash. Blumgarten (1872-1927), a Lithuanian-born New Yorker, translated parts of the Islamic text into Yiddish after studying it during a 1914 trip to Palestine. Blumgarten believed Yiddish to be a…

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Hand of God

April 29, 2011
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hand of god

People sometimes talk about being “touched by God,” and the hamsa takes this metaphor to a different…

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