A Primer on the American Jewish Community 3rd Ed. by Jerome A. Chanes.

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Until the early twentieth century Ladino was printed in a semi-cursive Hebrew typeface known as the Rashi script and penned in a Sephardi style of handwriting known as soletreo. Well into the twentieth century the majority of Sephardi Jews in Ottoman lands claimed Ladino as their mother tongue. The advent of the printing press changed the fabric of their everyday lives, connecting and politicizing modern Sephardi communities. Sephardi Jews soon cultivated a rich Ladino print culture, publishing scores of periodicals and translating world literature into the language.

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A portion of those who desired to maintain their Judaism, or return to it, settled in Amsterdam and Dutch colonial holdings in the New World, where they were free to practice their religion. Some fled to southern France and lived as secret Jews until they were finally given free rein to acknowledge their Judaism. Others migrated to North Africa to join existing communities of Arabic- and Berber-speaking Jews long settled in the region. The largest numbers of Iberian Jewish exiles, however, found their way across the Mediterranean (some by way of Italy), to the Ottoman Empire, where they were permitted to settle and practice their Judaism openly.

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