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This introductory chapter provides an overview of the village of Challa and the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim presence in the Turkish village. The earliest evidence for a Jewish presence in Challa is found in a 16th century letter asking for support sent from a schoolmaster in Mosul to different Jewish communities in Kurdistan. Christians also lived in the Challa area. Ahiya Hashiloni and Shabbo Amrani relate that Kurds and Jews lived together in Challa. The lexical items that deviate from the printed haggada are included in this grammar since they provide evidence of where the Jewish Challa dialect differed from the Neo-Aramaic tradition of Rabbi Avidani. It should be kept inmind that these lexical items reflect a literary register.

Keywords:Ahiya Hashiloni; Challa; Neo-Aramaic tradition; Shabbo Amrani

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