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Western Sephardic Liturgy-Online resources

Last year the blog Homes da Nação compiled a list of online resources for Western Sephardic liturgy. The Western Sephardi Diaspora began its development in the mid 16th century when Spanish and Portuguese Jews, who had been forced to convert to Christianity during the previous two centuries, returned to Judaism in considerable numbers. Before that […]

The Reception of Rabbi Yosef Messas in Europe

Musings of a Jewish Bookseller has a post about correspondence between the Moroccan Rabbi Yosef Messas and Rabbi Nathan Neta Leiter in Ukraine. Rabbi Messas is well-known for his innovative halakhic rulings.

A Mizrahi Critique of Pluralism in Israel

Heli Bareket Tabibi and Eli Bareket have written a mizrahi critique of “pluralistic” Judaism in Israel. Their main criticism is that the pluralistic movements and institutions are Ashkenazi-centric. Two of their examples are that the texts studied in pluralistic settings are mostly from Ashkenazim, neighborhoods that are mixed secular-religious, but mainly consist of religious Sephardim […]

The Beginnings of Shas

Below is a short video (Hebrew) about the beginnings of the Shas party. The video includes some interesting interviews and footage. One thing that I didn’t know was that the beginnings of Shas are to be found in elections for the Jerusalem Municipality in 1983.

Passover in a Hotel with Kitniyot in America

For people living in America who are looking for a kitniyot Passover, the following hotel option is available in New Jersey under the auspices of Avraham Ohavi. The advertisement says that its for “kitniyot eaters only,” although I am not sure how they define a “kitniyot eater.” The food may have kiyniyot, but it isn’t […]

Journal on Sephardic Studies

The Journal for the Study of Sephardic and Mizrahi Jewry is available online. There are a number of interesting articles by such scholars as Moshe Idel, Zvi Zohar, and Morris Fairrstein.

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