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मराठी 𑘦𑘨𑘰𑘙𑘲
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A page from a Haggada shel Pesah in Judaeo-Marathi which was printed in Mumbai in 1890.
A page from a Haggada shel Pesah in Judaeo-Marathi which was printed in Mumbai in 1890.

Judeo-Marathi (Marathi: जुदाव मराठी) is a form of Marathi spoken by the Bene Israel,[1] a Jewish ethnic group that developed a unique identity in India. Judæo-Marathi is, like other Marathi, written in the Devanagari script. It may not be sufficiently different from Marathi as to constitute a distinct language,[citation needed] although it is characterized by a number of loanwords from Hebrew and Aramaic as a result of influence from the Cochin Jewish community, Judæo-Malayalam and Portuguese and also some influence from the Urdu language. It has some linguistic features in common with various Jewish languages, developed by Jewish communities in widely disparate places in times, which are also variants of a local language with loanwords from Hebrew and Aramaic.

The Judæo-Marathi community mainly resides in Raigad and Thane districts and the city of Mumbai in Maharashtra. The majority of its members have emigrated to Israel, and most of the rest live in England and Canada. Recently, a rare Marathi-Hebrew text titled "Poona Haggadah", was found in Manchester. The 137-year-old book, which was used by the Bene-Israel community, was discovered by a University of Manchester historian, Yaakov Wise.[2]


  1. ^ "Liturgical miscellany; Or 14014 : 1800-1899 era". British Library. Retrieved 30 October 2019.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ "MSN India News, 26/6/2011". Archived from the original on 27 March 2012. Retrieved 26 June 2011.