Kennen Sie schon … das Portal „Mother Tongue“?

Die Bewahrung jüdis­ch­er Sprachen und Kul­turen ist das Ziel des Por­tals „Moth­er Tongue – The Preser­va­tion of Jew­ish Lan­guages and Cul­tures in mem­o­ry of Hayy­im (Marani) Tra­bel­sy“:

The rich and fas­ci­nat­ing Jew­ish lan­guages, which were passed down from gen­er­a­tion to gen­er­a­tion for cen­turies, are grad­u­al­ly dis­ap­pear­ing as their native speak­ers pass away. The objec­tive of this project is there­fore to con­serve the lan­guages of East­ern and West­ern Jews, and the cul­tures they embody, by cre­at­ing and col­lect­ing record­ings of Jews from around the coun­try speak­ing in their native Jew­ish tongues.

The record­ed nar­ra­tives – includ­ing songs, bal­lads and laments, midrash and folk­tales, descrip­tions of cus­toms and rit­u­als, as well as per­son­al, fam­i­ly and com­mu­ni­ty his­to­ries – are archived on this web­site, where they are direct­ly and eas­i­ly acces­si­ble to the gen­er­al pub­lic, free of charge.

The val­ue of these Jew­ish lan­guages can­not be over­stat­ed, for they con­tain unique lin­guis­tic and cul­tur­al fea­tures of great impor­tance, which were passed down oral­ly and were nev­er record­ed in writ­ing.
These spir­i­tu­al trea­sures are still alive here in Israel, and we must save and pre­serve them before they are swept away by the tide of his­to­ry.

Doc­u­ment­ing and con­serv­ing these tra­di­tions will enhance famil­iar­i­ty with the Jew­ish cul­tures that nur­tured the found­ing fathers and first cit­i­zens of the state. It will also con­tribute to con­sol­i­dat­ing and strength­en­ing the iden­ti­ty of Israelis whose com­mu­ni­ties of ori­gin have bare­ly been stud­ied and do not have a dom­i­nant pres­ence in Israeli soci­ety.

The project col­lects audio and video record­ings that are in the hands of the pub­lic for the pur­pose of copy­ing, tran­scrib­ing and trans­lat­ing them, and adding them to the online library.

Es gibt auch eine Face­book-Seite zum Pro­jekt.

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