Sephardic Jewry and Mizrahi Jews: Vol # XXII by Peter Y. Medding

Sephardic Jewry and Mizrahi Jews: Vol # XXII

byPeter Y. Medding

Hardcover | February 15, 2008

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Volume XXII of the distinguished annual Studies in Contemporary Jewry explores the major and rapid changes experienced by a population known variously as "Sephardim," "Oriental" Jews. and "Mizrahim" over the last fifty years. Although Sephardim are popularly believed to have originated inSpain or Portugal, the majority of Mizrahi Jews today are actually the descendants of Jews from Muslim and Arab countries in the Middle East, North Africa, and Asia. They constitute a growing proportion of Israeli Jewry and continue to revitalize Jewish culture in places as varied as France, LatinAmerica, and the United States. Sephardic Jewry and Mizrahi Jews offers a collection of new scholarship on the issues of self-definition and identity facing Sephardic Jewry. The essays draw on a variety of disciplines--demography, history, political science, sociology, religious and gender studies, anthropology, and literature.Contributors explore the issues surrounding the emergence and increasingly wide usage of "Mizrahi" in place of "Sephardic," as well as the invigoration of Sephardic Judaism. They look at the emergence of Sephardic politics in Israel through the dramatic rise and continuing influence of the Shaspolitical party and its spiritual leader, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef. Other contributors examine the variegated nature of Mizrahi immigration to Israel, fictional portraits of female Mizrahi immigrants to Israel in the 1940s and 1950s, contemporary Mizrahi Israel feminism, modern Arab historiography'sportrayal of Jews of Muslim lands, and the changing Sephardic halakhic tradition.

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The Studies in Contemporary Jewry series is edited by Jonathan Frankel, Eli Lederhendler, Peter Y. Medding, and Ezra Mendelsohn, who teach Jewish history, society, and politics at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Peter Y. Medding, the editor of Volume XXII, is Dr. Israel Goldstein Professor Emeritus of Zionism and the State of Isra...

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Title:Sephardic Jewry and Mizrahi Jews: Vol # XXIIFormat:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.98 inPublished:February 15, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195340973

ISBN - 13:9780195340976

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Symposium: Sephardic Jewry and Mizrahi JewsSergio Della Pergola (Hebrew University): "Sephardic and Oriental" Jews in Israel and Western CoutnriesMichel Abitbol (Hebrew University): Jews of Muslim Lands in the Modern PeriodYaron Tsur (Tel Aviv University): The Brief Career of Proper CohenDoli Benhabib (The Open University of Israel): From Arab Diaspora to Eretz IsraelZvi Zohar (Bar-Ilan University, The Shalom Institute): The Sephardic Halakhic Tradition in the 20th CenturyNissim Leon (Bar-Ilan University): "Zikui Harabim"Kimmy Caplan (Bar-Illan University): Studying Haredi Mizrahim in IsraelHenriette Dahan Kalev (Ben-Gurion University): Breaking Their SilenceAdre Levy (Ben-Gurion University): Conditional Homelands and DiasporasHarvey E. Goldberg and Chen Bram (Hebrew University): Sephardic/Mizrahi/Arab JewsReview EssaysDan Michman (Bar-Ilan University): The Shaping of Israeli Historiography of the HolocaustGerald Cromer (Bar-Ilan University): The Rabin AssassinationBook Reviews