Two Thousand Years of Jewish Life in Morocco

Two Thousand Years of Jewish Life in Morocco The origins of the Jewish community of Morocco are buried in history but they date back to ancient times and perhaps to the biblical period The first Jews in the country migrated there from Israel O

  • Title: Two Thousand Years of Jewish Life in Morocco
  • Author: Haim Zafrani
  • ISBN: 9780881257489
  • Page: 418
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The origins of the Jewish community of Morocco are buried in history, but they date back to ancient times, and perhaps to the biblical period The first Jews in the country migrated there from Israel Over the centuries, their numbers were increased by converts and then by Jews expelled from Spain and Portugal After the Muslim conquest, Morocco s Jews, as people of the bThe origins of the Jewish community of Morocco are buried in history, but they date back to ancient times, and perhaps to the biblical period The first Jews in the country migrated there from Israel Over the centuries, their numbers were increased by converts and then by Jews expelled from Spain and Portugal After the Muslim conquest, Morocco s Jews, as people of the book, had dhimmi status, which entailed many restrictions but allowed them to exercise their religion freely In the mellahs Jewish quarters of Morocco s cities and towns, and in the mountainous rural areas, a distinct Jewish culture developed and thrived, unquestionably traditional and Orthodox, yet unique because of the many areas in which it assimilated elements of the local culture and lifestyle, making them its own as it did so Most of Morocco s Jews settled in Israel after 1948, and many others went to other countries Wherever they went, their rich cultural heritage went with them, as exemplified by the Maimuna festival, just after Passover, which is now a major occasion on the Israeli calender.

    One thought on “Two Thousand Years of Jewish Life in Morocco”

    1. This is an amazing book, a real work of years. You can see that the author has extensive knowledge about the subject. Zafrani has set himself to an epic journey and he nails it. It's astonishing to see how much he knows about every single trait of the Jewish culture in Morocco, the traditions and the history. Great read!

    2. An awesome insight into the intriguing and sometimes medieval world of arabic north africa. For anyone who loves north african travel its a must! Rich Mitch read it and was also impressed

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