English

God conceals himself in the glamour of secrecy

To my brothers Meʾir and Tsvi Mizraḥi Z"L

Name of speaker: 
Naftali Mizraḥi
Gender of speaker: 
Male
Occupation of speaker: 
Carpenter
Age of speaker at time of recording: 
81
Speaker's country of origin: 
Speaker's community of origin: 
Language: 
Hebrew (Zakho tradition)
Conversation topics: 
Documentation: 
Batya Mazor Hoffman
Year of recording: 
2018

Tafsir for Rosh Hashana in Aramaic

To my parents Lea and Jacob Z"L

Name of speaker: 
Naʿim Shalom
Gender of speaker: 
Male
Occupation of speaker: 
Taxi driver, ḥazzan
Age of speaker at time of recording: 
81
Speaker's country of origin: 
Speaker's community of origin: 
Language: 
Judeo-Aramaic
Documentation: 
Batya Mazor Hoffman
Year of recording: 
2018

Preserving religion in Zakho

                                                                   

Name of speaker: 
ʿAziz Shemo-Cohen
Participants in the conversation: 
Shlomo Shemo-Cohen
Gender of speaker: 
Male
Occupation of speaker: 
Shoemaker, carpenter
Age of speaker at time of recording: 
91
Year of immigration: 
1950
Speaker's country of origin: 
Speaker's community of origin: 
Language: 
Judeo-Aramaic
Conversation topics: 
Documentation: 
Yehudit Henshke
Year of recording: 
2018

Sultana

To my parents Lea and Jacob Z"L

Name of speaker: 
Naʿim Shalom
Gender of speaker: 
Male
Occupation of speaker: 
Taxi driver, ḥazzan
Age of speaker at time of recording: 
81
Speaker's country of origin: 
Speaker's community of origin: 
Language: 
Judeo-Aramaic
Conversation topics: 
Documentation: 
Batya Mazor Hoffman
Year of recording: 
2018

Difficulties in livelihood

                                                                                                             

Name of speaker: 
ʿAziz Shemo-Cohen
Participants in the conversation: 
Shlomo Shemo-Cohen
Gender of speaker: 
Male
Occupation of speaker: 
Carpenter, shoemaker
Age of speaker at time of recording: 
91
Year of immigration: 
1950
Speaker's country of origin: 
Speaker's community of origin: 
Language: 
Judeo-Aramaic
Documentation: 
Yehudit Henshke
Year of recording: 
2018

Pidyon haben (redemption of the firstborn)

                                                                              

Name of speaker: 
ʿAziz Shemo-Cohen
Participants in the conversation: 
Shlomo Shemo-Cohen
Gender of speaker: 
Male
Occupation of speaker: 
Shoemaker, carpenter
Age of speaker at time of recording: 
91
Year of immigration: 
1950
Speaker's country of origin: 
Speaker's community of origin: 
Language: 
Hebrew (Zakho version of prayer), Judeo-Aramaic
Conversation topics: , Priestly blessing
Documentation: 
Yehudit Henshke
Year of recording: 
2018

Life story

To my sister Zerifa (Zaqen) ʿAdika and to the Zaqen family

Name of speaker: 
Yosef Zaqen
Gender of speaker: 
Male
Occupation of speaker: 
Construction worker, driver, electrician, dancer and Kurdish dance instructor
Age of speaker at time of recording: 
82
Year of immigration: 
1951
Speaker's country of origin: 
Speaker's community of origin: 
Language: 
Judeo-Aramaic
Conversation topics: 
Documentation: 
Batya Mazor Hoffman
Year of recording: 
2018

Saharana

                                                                                                                   

Name of speaker: 
ʿAziz Shemo-Cohen
Participants in the conversation: 
Shlomo Shemo-Cohen
Gender of speaker: 
Male
Occupation of speaker: 
Carpenter, shoemaker
Age of speaker at time of recording: 
91
Year of immigration: 
1950
Speaker's country of origin: 
Speaker's community of origin: 
Language: 
Judeo-Aramaic
Conversation topics: 
Documentation: 
Yehudit Henshke
Year of recording: 
2018

Mitzva of hospitality

To my brothers Meʾir and Tsvi Mizraḥi Z"L

Name of speaker: 
Naftali Mizraḥi
Gender of speaker: 
Male
Occupation of speaker: 
Carpenter
Age of speaker at time of recording: 
81
Speaker's country of origin: 
Speaker's community of origin: 
Language: 
Judeo-Aramaic
Conversation topics: 
Documentation: 
Batya Mazor Hoffman
Year of recording: 
2018

Transcription: 

Batya Mazor Hoffman 

"Mean dachil dela dilia, eina kisufa" – On the Mitzva of hospitality

Once there was a Jewish merchant, who wandered from city to city to sell his commodity. The man went out of the town of Zakho through Amadiya, stayed there until Friday at noon and wondered what he would do, as he does not want to violate the Shabbat. He asked passers-by about the residence of the town's acham (wise...read more

Rosh Hashana customs

                                                                                                                 

Name of speaker: 
ʿAziz Shemo-Cohen
Participants in the conversation: 
Shlomo Shemo-Cohen
Gender of speaker: 
Male
Occupation of speaker: 
Carpenter, shoemaker
Age of speaker at time of recording: 
91
Year of immigration: 
1950
Speaker's country of origin: 
Speaker's community of origin: 
Language: 
Judeo-Aramaic
Documentation: 
Yehudit Henshke
Year of recording: 
2018