Christian Aramaic

Burying My Mother Tongue

05/01/2009

Aramaic is my first language. I don’t get to speak it much with fellow native speakers in Los Angeles, where I live now. The number of Jewish Aramaic speakers has dwindled so much that we now quixotically call ourselves “The Worldwide Federation of Aramaic Speakers.” The group would fit in a small room.

Burying My Mother Tongue

Studying Aramaic often feels like saying Kaddish — which, fittingly, is written in that language. Yet interest remains strong in this dying, yet holy, language.

05/01/2009
Aramaic is my first language. I don’t get to speak it much with fellow native speakers in Los Angeles, where I live now. The number of Jewish Aramaic speakers has dwindled so much that we now quixotically call ourselves “The Worldwide Federation of Aramaic Speakers.” The group would fit in a small room.
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