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There are people who have been working to keep alive the soul of our culture for us, while we, unaware of what was slipping away, have been slurping on corporate culture, as real as a Coke.
Meet another angel, Moshe Shaul, of the Autoridad Nasionala del Ladino i su Kultura (The National Authority of Ladino and its culture). He has been sheltering Ladino in his heart and working hard to protect it. Perhaps you can see that caring in his face.
If you don’t understand Ladino but can pick out a few words that sound familiar, that’s all to the good. If you can’t even pick out a single word, but you can feel the warmth of the New Year’s wishes Mr. Shaul offering to you, dayenu. It is enough. You are, even with just that, inside your own culture.
Take a break for a few minutes. Slow down from the craziness of every day. Sit and take in what is yours. Just listen. It is the music that carried your culture through so much. You may not know the lyrics, the words may just wash over you, but their tune will be pouring a very old blessing over you – for your health and for peace in the world. All their melodious sounds filled with love for you.
Conferring blessings for the New Year is a ritual. Those blessings are especially rich and caring in Ladino.