Sephardic and Mizrahi Jewry: From the Golden Age of Spain to Modern Times

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Zion Zohar
NYU Press, 2005 - History - 343 pages

Sephardic Jews trace their origins to Spain and Portugal. They enjoyed a renaissance in these lands until their expulsion from Spain in 1492, when they settled in the countries along the Mediterranean, throughout the Ottoman Empire, in the Balkans, and in the lands of North Africa, Italy, Egypt, Palestine, and Syria, mixing with the Mizrahi, or Oriental, Jews already in these locations. Sephardic Jews have contributed some of the most important Jewish philosophers, poets, biblical commentators, Talmudic and Halachic scholars, and scientists, and have had a significant impact on the development of Jewish mysticism.

Sephardic and Mizrahi Jewry brings together original work from the world's leading scholars to present a deep introductory overview of their history and culture over the past 1500 years. The book presents an overarching chronological and thematic survey of topics ranging from the origin of Sephardic and Mizrahi Jewry and their history to kabbalah, philosophy, and biblical commentary, and Sephardic Jewish life in the modern era. This collection represents the most up-to-date scholarship about Sephardic and Mizrahi Jewry available.

Contributors include: Mark R. Cohen, Norman Stillman, David Bunis, Jonathan Decter, Yitzhak Kalimi, Moshe Idel, Annette B. Fromm, Zvi Zohar, Morris Fairstein, Pamela Dorn Sezgin, Mark Kligman, and Henry Abramson.

 

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Contents

The Origins of Sephardic Jewry in the Medieval
23
The JudeoArabic Heritage
40
JudeoSpanish Culture in Medieval and Modern Times
55
Literatures of Medieval Sepharad
77
Jewish Philosophy and Kabbalah in Spain
120
Sephardic Life in
145
Sephardic Jurisprudence in the Recent HalfMillennium
167
Safed Kabbalah and the Sephardic Heritage
196
Jewish Women in the Ottoman Empire
216
Contact
239
An Introduction to Sephardic
259
Sephardim and the Holocaust
285
Rethinking
300
About the Contributors
329
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Zion Zohar is associate director of the Institute for Judaic and Near Eastern Studies at Florida International University, where he is also the chair of the President Navon Program for the Study of Sephardic and Oriental Jewry. He is the editor of Song of My People: High Holy Day Liturgy.

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