Word of the Week: Desterado

desterado / des-terrado / #exile

Means exile in Ladino.

Before the Jews were desterados from Spain in 1492, they spoke a mix of Hebrew and Spanish, Judeo-Spanish that we now call Ladino.

Years later, cello virtuoso Pablo Casals was desterado from Spain to show his support of the Spanish Republican government, and vowed not to return to Spain after its defeat until democracy was restored. During his desterado years, it was the Jewish community around the world that sent Casals cellos, pianos, and all that he needed to encourage him to continue making music.

Now, acclaimed Israeli cellist Amit Peled shares the sound of Casal’s beloved 1733 Matteo Goffriller cello with the world – read all about it here.