Our eleventh Kickstarter backers reward episode explores Byzantium’s Jewish communities.
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shabbat shallom Robin,
i enjoyed the podcast on Byzantine Jewish communities, once again it seemed to emphasize the eastern empires ‘differenceness’
I like your way of making this past feel relatiable, and in a sense,bringing this alive for us…
A thought did spring to mind regarding the Hebrew language for the benefit of listeners not having been to Israel or having their own jewish connections.
I think most people are awear of the differance between ancient Hebrew (called ‘Obara’ in native tongue) and later Aramaic (or ‘Arame’).
It has my experience that few people however are awear that the spoken languages ‘Arame’ and ‘Arabe'(or Arabic) are almost identical, it is only after, just following the fall of Constantinople that modern Hebrew (or ‘Ibret’) was brought about, i guess it might be fair to say, it was made so, so as communities in turbulant times could further distance themselves from the Arabic (even if it was at this time, only in writting….)