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Sephardic Passover Song: Mah Nishtana

The following version of the famous Passover song, Mah Nishtana was sung by Rabbi Abraham Lopes Cardoso.

This version is sung by the community of Shearith Israel in New York and represents the tradition of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews sometimes referred to as the Western Sephardim.


The Dutch Republic and Conversos

The Dutch Republic

By Rabbi Juan Bejarano-Gutierrez

Conversos settled in various Dutch cities including Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and Middleburg. The settlement to the Netherlands was precarious from a religious standpoint. 928 more words

Crypto-Jewish History

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

American History

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.


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