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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.
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
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
“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