For centuries, Istanbul was home to a large community of speakers of Ladino—a variant of Spanish unique to descendants of the Jews who had fled the Iberian Peninsula and found refuge in the Ottoman empire. By the 20th century, Istanbul’s Jews had their own Ladino newspapers. Izak Baron presents pictures of advertisements from local newspapers, some dated as late as the 1970s. These include a Rosh Hashanah greeting from the Jewish hospital, an advertisement for a private tutor offering lessons in French, English, Hebrew, and math, and—naturally—another advertisement for kosher salami and pastrami.
Ladino Advertisements from Old Istanbul
Iran’s Attack on an Israeli Ship Is a Diplomatic Opportunity
Today Prime Minister Netanyahu confirmed that the explosions that blew two holes in an Israeli-owned cargo ship on Friday were the work of Iran. The incident was followed by airstrikes on military targets in the vicinity of Damascus, likely carried out by the IDF—which might have been retaliation, but might also have been routine attempts to curtail the Iranian military buildup in Syria. But irrespective of its military response, Yoav Limor urges Jerusalem to act diplomatically as well: