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While Jews may all share aspects of the same religion, culture, and history, they may not all share the same languages.
Throughout time, Jews have spread across the globe and the language of much of their communication has been influenced by the cultures around them.
From Yiddish which originated in medieval Germany, to Ladino which was developed by Sephardic Jews after their expulsion from Spain, to the various Judeo-Arabic dialects, language has been a key insight into a diverse linguistic heritage that spans centuries.

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British Library
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Library of Congress
American Jewish Historical Society
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Jerusalem Cinemateque
Israel National Archives
Wellcome Collection
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Yoman Carmel
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Coronet Instructional Films
ד”ר איציק לוי הרשות הלאומית לתרבות הלאדינו
Autoridad Nasionala del Ladino i su Kultura הרשות הלאומית לתרבות הלאדינו
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Benno Rothenberg-Meitar Collection-National Library of Israel-The Pritzker Family National Photography Collection
HBO / Billy Crystal
Warner Bros.
Steven Spielberg Film and Video Archive
Jewish Language Project
Tom Morrow
HUC-JIR Jewish Language Project
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00:00 – Introduction
00:38 – Yiddish
2:42 – Ladino
4:09 – Aramaic
4:50 – Judeo
6:00 – Hebrew

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