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mizrahi jews


The Forgotten Yemenite Jewish Exile of 1679

By On May 11, 2017

There were about 55,000 Jews living in Yemen in 1948. Today, there are 50. Though the most notorious calamity in Yemenite Jewish history were the riots following the declaration of the state of… Read More


The Ancient Babylonian History of Haroset

By On April 6, 2017

The haroset most American Jews eat at the Passover seder to symbolize the mortar used by Hebrew slaves contains apples, walnuts and Manischewitz. But the delicious chunky mixture originated in ancient Babylonia,… Read More


This Man is Afghanistan’s Last Jew

By On January 6, 2017

It’s one thing to feel like you’re part of a small minority. It’s another to be that small minority. For Zebulon Simentov – aka “Zebulon the Jew” – minority status makes him a… Read More


Delicious Hanukkah Treats from Middle Eastern Jews

By On December 25, 2016

  There’s a lot to be learned from Mizrahi Jewish teachings, but on this holiday, we’re focusing on their kitchens. Jews who lived for centuries in Arab countries have developed customs and cuisines all their… Read More


The Young Israeli Singer Celebrating Her Moroccan Heritage

By On November 2, 2016

    Mizrahi music is enjoying a resurgence in Israel, with a new wave of musicians celebrating their North African and Middle Eastern roots. Atop that wave is the young singer Neta… Read More


The Rosh Hashanah Sephardic Seder

By On September 30, 2016

Pop quiz: How many seders are in the Jewish year? If you said “one,” sorry, but we have to send you back to Hebrew school. Though it’s relatively unknown to the Ashkenazim… Read More

When Egyptian Movies Ruled Israeli Airwaves

When Egyptian Movies Ruled Israeli Airwaves

By On July 20, 2016

In the three decades between Israel’s founding and the 1979 peace treaty with Egypt, the relationship between the two neighbors was tense. And yet, Israelis eagerly turned on their TVs every Friday… Read More

The Radical Israeli Activists Who Golda Meir Famously Called "Not Nice"

The Radical Israeli Activists Who Golda Meir Famously Called “Not Nice”

By On June 22, 2016

The Black Lives Matters movement has rich precedents not just in the American Black Panthers movement of the 1960s and 1970s, but in an Israeli activist group of the same name. Back… Read More


Move Over, Cairo. The Afghan Geniza Will Blow Your Mind.

By On April 27, 2016

  First there was the discovery of the Cairo Geniza. And now there’s this. In 2011, a report by Israel’s Channel 2 News told of how foxes scratching in the dirt somewhere… Read More

The Yemeni Sisters Whose Video is Sweeping Across Israel and the Muslim World

The Israeli Band Carrying the Torch for Yemen’s Last Jews

By On March 28, 2016

The recent airlift evacuation of 19 Yemenite Jews to Israel made international news — now, there are only 50 Jews remaining in the Middle Eastern country. The 2000-year-old Jewish community in Yemen seems… Read More

Saadia Gaon

The Medieval Scholar Who Made Arabic the Language of the Jews

By On February 25, 2016

  Rabbi Saadiah ben Yosef Gaon was a man of immense knowledge—and immense opinions. Born in Egypt in the 10th century, the Saadiah Gaon was the first Jew to write extensively in… Read More


Remixing Iraqi Jewish Music

By On February 24, 2016

Not many people still collect mix tapes. Especially the kind that feature a hammered dulcimer, violins, and the strumming of an oud. Then again, not many people have the rare footage and… Read More

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