Monday, July 07, 2008

Just like eating Levy's Rye Bread...

You don't have to be Jewish to take this survey. This e-mail came from a colleague who researches Jewish languages and asked me to spread the word as widely as possible to both Jews and non-Jews.

You are invited to participate in an interesting and entertaining survey
about language. Essentially, we’re asking about the spread of Yiddish
(and some Hebrew) among English speakers in North America. We’re
turning to both Jews and non-Jews to answer questions like these: Who
uses Yiddish words like “shmooze” and “daven” and phrases like “Money,
shmoney”? Why do some people say “temple” while others say “shul”? Who
prefers biblical names for their babies? Your responses will help us
answer these and other questions, and you might learn something about
yourself in the process. Please set aside 15-20 minutes, and click on
this link to participate.

Please forward this e-mail to your friends and family. We are hoping to
get thousands of responses from people of all religions, ages, and
regions of the United States and Canada. If you have any questions,
feel free to e-mail Prof. Sarah Bunin Benor or Prof. Steven M. Cohen .


Prof. Sarah Bunin Benor
Prof. Steven M. Cohen
Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion

PS From AS: the Levy's Rye Bread is an old commercial; ask your parents or maybe your grandparents...

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