Zamora lights up

A city in norther Spain celebrates the first International Ladino Day.

When I attended a conference on the Jewish history of Zamora this past July, I never imagined that six months later I would find myself in the city’s famous La Alhondiga conference hall reading out in Ladino (or Djudezmo) the questions that Alexander the Great posed to Jewish sages of yore.

Yet there I was on the last day of Hanukka – December 5 – which the National Ladino Authority has established as the first International Ladino Day. In addition to the reading, I was privileged to explain the holiday of Hanukka and its customs.

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