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"Specimen of Modern Sephardic Script" (Jewish Encyclopedia, 1901-1906)

Solitreo is the cursive form of the Ladino language, which is usually written with the Rashi form of the Hebrew alphabet. Solitreo, a traditionally Sephardi script, is the predecessor of the Ashkenazi cursive currently used for handwriting in modern Israel. The two forms differ from each other primarily in that Solitreo uses far more ligatures than the Ashkenazi script, creating a more flowing style resembling Arabic.[1]

With the decline of Ladino, examples of Solitreo have become scarce. The February 2012 digitization of a Jewish merchant's memoir from late 19th century Salonica, Ottoman Empire (modern Thessaloniki, Greece) by scholars from Stanford University provided a new, high-quality resource for scholars of Ladino and Solitreo.[2]

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  1. ^ Cursive Hebrew, 1901–1906 Jewish Encyclopedia
  2. ^