When a Jewish election committee officially appointed Haim Nahum as chief rabbi of the Ottoman Empire, it changed the way Ottoman Jews navigated citizenship, self-governance, and religious authority.
How do you teach a computer to read an endangered language -- and a language that many people don't even know exists? While machine learning technology has enabled us to read and research texts online in many languages, there's one language that our computers and smartphones have yet to learn: Ladino, a heritage language of Sephardic Jews.
Why do library catalogs sometimes leave out important information about Ladino books, and why is it important to fill in these gaps?
Published in Istanbul from 1908 to 1931, the satirical Ladino newspaper El djugeton ("The Joker") made headlines in more ways than one.
In this podcast, Devin Naar discusses the history of the Ladino language and preservation efforts taking place right here in Seattle.