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Solitreo is a cursive form of the Hebrew alphabet. Traditionally a Sephardi script, it is nonetheless the predecessor of the modern Ashkenazi Cursive
Cursive
Hebrew currently used for handwriting in modern Israel
Israel
and for Yiddish. The two forms differ from each other primarily in that Solitreo uses far more typographic ligatures than the Ashkenazi script, creating a more flowing style resembling Arabic. Historically, Solitreo was used in two parallel ways. In Judaeo-Spanish
Judaeo-Spanish
("Ladino") of the Balkans
Balkans
and Turkey, it served as the standard handwritten form that complemented the Rashi script
Rashi script
character set used for printing. In Sephardi communities in the Maghreb
Maghreb
and the Levant, it was used for manuscript documents in Hebrew and the Judeo-Arabic languages. While both the Balkan and Maghrebine-Levantine forms are called "Solitreo", they are quite distinctive, and readers familiar with one type may find the other difficult to read.[1] With the decline of Judaeo-Spanish
Judaeo-Spanish
and the dispersion of Sephardic population centers, examples of Solitreo have become scarce. The February 2012 digitization of a Jewish merchant's memoir from late 19th century Thessaloniki, Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
(now in Greece) by scholars from Stanford University
Stanford University
provided a new, high-quality resource for scholars of Judaeo-Spanish
Judaeo-Spanish
and Solitreo.[2] External links[edit]

A guide to the Ladino language LadinoType - A Ladino Transliteration System for Solitreo, Meruba, and Rashi

References[edit]

^ Cursive
Cursive
Hebrew, 1901–1906 Jewish Encyclopedia ^ [1]

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