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Nature and Culture in Curacao
Submitted by ManjaB on 2007-07-10 06:49:57 (via www.off-the-beaten-track.net)
Less known than Aruba, the Netherlands Antilles island of Curacao is a perfect place to enjoy nature as well as culture: beautiful mansions and plantation buildings, leftovers from colonial times, national parks and lots of opportunities for diving and snorkeling.
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Submitted by lisa on 2007-07-11 01:41:52
I'm so sorry that your trip had such an unfortunate ending. Anyway, this will be an imperative for you to go back and explore waht you didn't manage to. And the photos are really spectacular - both the nature and the houses are very impressive
If oyu don't mind, why do they have sand on the floor of the Synagogue? it's sounds kinda weird...
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Submitted by Anonymous on 2007-07-11 02:54:14
Yes, it's weird... I don't know, but I'll soon see the rabbi of the congregation and I'll ask him and get back to you. It'll be two weeks or so. Meanwhile I encourage you to google "snoa", as the synagogue there is called and read about its history; maybe you'll find your answer there.
Best, Manja
Submitted by lisa on 2007-07-11 04:06:08
oh, thank you. I will follow your advice because it has really intrigued me
what about that list of wishes? can you wish for anything? or is it just blessing?
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Submitted by Anonymous on 2007-07-11 04:13:55
Yes, it's a little different than in other synagogues, but the idea is the same: when you are called up for the Torah reading, you get a blessing, but if there is a special occasion, you can also ask for a blessing for someone else. In the Snoa this has developed into a huge ritual where people ask for blessings for relatives etc. Everything in Portuguese, not in Hebrew!
Submitted by lisa on 2007-07-11 04:30:22
all right.. it does sound unique. But do they speak Portuguese? I thought you said the official language was Dutch, but they spoke a local mixture of Spanish.
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Submitted by Anonymous on 2007-07-11 06:26:09
No, they don't speak Portuguese,that's the fun of it. They have to learn it to do this.
They speak Papiamentu, a mix of Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch and other languages. For official occasions the language is Dutch.
Submitted by lisa on 2007-07-11 09:58:10
okay... I don't want to sound annoying. but, is Portuguese something like the language for the rituals of the Jewish in the Netherlands Antilles? and I was just wandering.. even when they speak Dutch, do they speak it with an accent? I know this is what usually happens in colonies.
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Submitted by Anonymous on 2009-05-27 00:45:58
The honors in Mikve Israel Imanuel are not said in Portugese, rather they are said in Ladinho, which is similar to Portugeze but it is to the Portugeze-Spanish Sephardics what Yiddish is to Eastern European Yiddish. (since yiddish bears some resemblance to German)
 
Submitted by ManjaB on 2009-05-29 07:46:42
No, the honors are said in Portuguese; these people do NOT speak Ladino: they speak Papiamentu, the language of the Netherlands Antilles; they speak Dutch on official occasions and in school (unless their children go to international schools, which I think is often) and most of them are fluent in English.
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