Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is upon us, with its foods (apples and honey, anyone? How about a fish head?), rites, and yes, also words. One of the central ritual objects of these High Holidays is the machzor, the “prayer book” used for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, which itself contains a lot of words. Believe it or not, secular Israelis actually associate this word more with...