The Myth (?) of Sephardic Openness
Being that the length of this week’s Torah reading is going to try the best of us, I just found a very interesting article by Harvey Goldberg. The article is called “Sephardi Rabbinic ‘Openness’ in Nineteenth-Century Tripoli: Examining a Modern Myth in Context”. Goldberg, an expert on North African Jewry, raises the possibility that the commonly held belief that North African/Sephardic rabbis were more open to modernity and the challenges facing halakhah may be no more than an erroneous misconception. In his notes he mentions a similar question asked by Benjamin Brown in a critique of Tzvi Zohar’s book Mesoret u-Temurah (see n. 11). Goldberg also mentions an interesting anectode concerning Yosef Masas about whom we discussed here. Shabbat Shalom.