Culture

What Can a Census Tell Us about Sepharadim in America?
Culture

What Can a Census Tell Us about Sepharadim in America?

From the Book of Genesis to 23andMe, Jews have always been irresistibly drawn to the practice and study of genealogy. Whether filling out a family tree, finding lost relatives, or hoping to reveal some long-hidden chapter of one’s ancestry, genealogy and genetic testing have given individuals a more concrete and biologically-based grasp on their place…

The Damascus Affair: From One Woman to Another
Culture

The Damascus Affair: From One Woman to Another

The Damascus Affair was well documented by the personalities of its time and has been awarded significant prominence in Jewish historiography ever since. Some consider this incident as marking a turning point, the rise of a new era in Jewish history. Diplomatic archives from England, France, the United States, and Austria, as well as memoirs,…

De-Orientalizing Sephardic Music – Part I
Books & Media, Culture

De-Orientalizing Sephardic Music – Part I

The jewel case cover of the 2016 recording by a well-respected baroque orchestra is indeed evocative. A panorama of mosques rises out of the sand of medieval Cairo in earthy tones and we see the outlines of covered Muslim women carrying ceramic vessels on their heads as they disappear into a dusty sunset. Faux-Arabic letters…

On Republishing the Works of Sephardic Scholars
Books & Media, Culture, Opinion

On Republishing the Works of Sephardic Scholars

Before the demise of the Jewish communities of the Middle East and Mediterranean regions in the middle of the twentieth century, their migration away from their countries of origin, and their resettlement in the West and Israel, the Sephardic ḥakhamim and intellectuals produced an immense literature that spanned the whole range of traditional Jewish learning:…

Education and Representation: haSepharadi’s Mission
Culture, Opinion

Education and Representation: haSepharadi’s Mission

In some respects, the genesis of this journal dates back to my childhood. Attending synagogue with my father, the rabbi’s weekly sermon invariably elicited a response from him: “Poland this, Poland that, this Rov, that Rov… don’t get me wrong I’m sure these are all great rabbis – but maybe we should learn a little…

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