The Romaniote Jews are an ancient Hellenized Jewish community dating back at least 2300 years and perhaps to the destruction of the first temple. Ancient Greece was dope and they had a blast (relative to the rest of the diaspora)! The Greeks were cool, the Byzantines were aight, and the Ottomans were lit! Life was much better there than for those who stayed in Israel, and much much better than the unfortunate souls in the rest of Europe.
But unfortunately Greece is in Europe and all that Europing eventually takes a toll. Today there aren’t that many Romaniote left, and many that remain have assimilated to Sephardic culture and eat rice on passover. I still ❤️ you tho.
Get ready for a wild ride through three thousand years of history, hundreds of mispronounced Greek words (including Romaniote itself probably), three mispronunciations of interesting, an exceedingly long and wholly unnecessary tangent about Samaritan Israelites, yet another captivating Jewish Creole language, and much much more!
Where are all the Jews?!
The flag I put together from a cool Greek mogen David in an r/vexillology post and a normal greek flag:
And here are videos of people speaking what is supposed to be Yevanic but I can’t confirm because people were arguing in the comments:
– Four Questions in…
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