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Vernicka’s outfit seems to borrow inspiration from several cultures across western asia. Those daggers can be used for self-defense, but their primary use is for traditional ceremonies and dancing.

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In the tiny community that remains in Yemen, Jewish learning dimly flickers and the traditions are passed on as they have been for more than 2000 years here. Photographs by Rachael Strecher.

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I did a little comparison between the South Arabian alphabet (from the 9th century BCE) to the Ge’ez/Tigrigna alphabet (5th century BC to present) and found that our language has barely changed at all over the centuries

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Taken by the fantastic photographer, Frederic Brenner, from his series “Diaspora” of Jews in Yemen. What is sad about this image is that it is doubtful anyone similar is left in the country after years of persecution and flights to occupied Palestine.

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