This summer, Tsfat is excited to host the first International Ladino Festival. Ladino was once the primary language of Tsfat. After the Edict of Expulsion in 1492 forced all Jews to leave Spain, many Jewish refugees arrived in Tsfat. They brought with them a rich culture, beautiful language and poems as well as rich traditions.
The Ladino language is also known as Judeo Spanish or Judezmo and is based on 15th-century medieval Spanish. As the exiled Sefardi Jews wandered from Spain, the language eventually became intertwined with Portuguese, French, Italian, Arabic, Greek, Turkish and Hebrew words. It was first written in Rashi script, then with Hebrew letters until it became transferred into Latin script.
At night, the enchanting sounds of Ladino music will once again be heard in this ancient city, where you can hear songs that have, for 500 years, been lovingly passed down from generation to generation.
International Ladino stars including Guy Zoaratz, Yasmin Levi, Galit Giat, Hani Nachmias, Kobi Zarko, and other artists will grace the stage in the Old City.
Ke haber? (KEH HA-bear)
How are you?
Komo estash? (KOH-mo ehs-TASH?)