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Happy New Year, Y'All!

In the American South, it is tradition on New Year’s Day to partake of a very simple meal promised to bring good luck and fortune in the new year. 903 more words

Shabbat Shalom- Spanish Moroccan Tradition

The following short song is a version of Shabbat Shalom sung in Spanish-Moroccan tradition.

In the aftermath of the riots of the late 14th century and throughout the 15th century culminating with the decree of Expulsion of all Jews from the Kingdoms of Castile and Aragon, some Spanish Jews settled in North Africa where they fused local Jewish traditions with their own (primarily Castilian) rite.

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The Everyday Milieu of the Sephardim

Sephardic Jewish culture has several unusual twists owing to its unique history. Unlike the Ashkenazim, whose culture retains distinct Central and Eastern European influences, or the Mizrahim, whose cultural evolution more or less paralleled that of the Jews’ ancestral homeland in the Middle East, the Sephardim have an unusual blend of cultural influences from a broad range of countries. 271 more words

Review, Alexandrian Summer by Yitzhak Gormezano Goren

  My review of Yitzhak Gormezano Goren’s novel Alexandrian Summer ran in the 18 November issue of the Times Literary Supplement. Published originally in Hebrew in 1978 and translated to English by Yardenne Greenspan, the novel focuses on a Jewish family in Alexandria, Egypt during the summer of 1951—one year before the free officer’s coup led by Gamal and al-Nasser that would expel Jews from the country. 34 more words

Aniseed Biscuits from the Sephardic Jews Cuisine of Turkey

“Our cuisine is simple – no spices, no heavy sauces, no fancy decorations, not so much meat, a lot of vegetables ! A lot of aubergines and courgettes, in fact. 429 more words

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Back to My Roots

I love learning about family history not only my own which includes the Enriquez, Mullins, and Knight family but my husband’s family as well.  I had taken off some time from working on genealogy to enjoy writing my “Gianna the Great” series. 181 more words

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Blood brothers: Palestinians and Jews share genetic roots

Jews break down into three genetic groups, all of which have Middle Eastern origins – which are shared with the Palestinians and Druze

Source: Blood brothers: Palestinians and Jews share genetic roots…

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