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A Jewish Voice from Ottoman Salonica
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A Jewish Voice from Ottoman Salonica: The Ladino Memoir of Sa'adi Besalel a-Levi

Aron Rodrigue and Sarah Abrevaya Stein


This book presents the complete text of the earliest known Ladino memoir, transliterated from the original script, translated into English, and introduced and explicated by the editors. The memoirist, Sa'adi Besalel a-Levi (1820–1903), wrote about Ottoman Jews' daily life at a time when the finely wrought fabric of Ottoman society was just beginning to unravel. His vivid portrayal of life in Salonica, a major port in the Ottoman Levant with a majority Jewish population, thus provides a unique window into a way of life before it disappeared as a result of profound political and social changes a ... More

Keywords: Sa'adi Besalel a-Levi, Ladino, memoir, Ottoman Jews, Salonica, print culture, Jewish community, excommunication

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780804771665
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804771665.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Aron Rodrigue, editor

Sarah Abrevaya Stein, editor