Documenting a dying language

A collection of Jewish-Kurdish folktales in Aramaic showcases the lost art of storytelling.

French priest Brother J. Elihay compiled ‘The Olive Tree Dictionary
Photo by: Courtesy Minerva Publishing House
Language extinction is a very real, and very modern, phenomenon. The form of Aramaic spoken by Jews in the Iraqi- Kurdish city of Zakho is a good example.

Because the last Jews from that city immigrated to Israel in the 1950s, there are no new native speakers of that language, and their descendants speak Hebrew.

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