Introduction

This list is very much a work in progress, and in its earlier stages. Some things I'd like to add more of: kehilot, nusah, and siddurim from outside the US; teachings from Sephardic women.

Note: This list uses the term Sephardic in the pan-Sephardic sense of the word (ie inclusive of Mizrahim, as well as including traditions that weren't necessarily based in Sephardic Rite - i.e. Kavkazi, Gorski, Yemenite, Romaniote, Italki, etc). [I’ll expand a bit more on this later]

Rabbis, Hakhamim, and Others - Modern or Recent

Rabbi Joseph Dweck

  1. Perspectives - a playlist of nine 2-3 minute short meditations on fundamental concepts in Judaism.
  2. What do we mean by "God"? - Rabbi Dweck | Jewish Wisdom | J-TV
  3. Rabbi vs Catholic - Must we avoid physical pleasure to be spiritual? | J-TV
  4. Freedom: more than doing what you want but becoming what you want | Jewish Wisdom | J-TV
  5. SCA Faith in Our Future: Panel with Rabbi Jonathan Sacks and Rabbi Joseph Dweck 11/15/16

Rabbi Haim Ovadia

Sephardic History

  1. The Sephardic Paradox - Why no Reform & Conservative movements in Sephardic Jews

Kashrut

  1. There’s [Almost] no non-Kosher Cheese?
  2. Chug the Bug? How far do we go with checking for bugs?

Tzniut

  1. Modesty: History, Truths, and Myths - Part 1

On Rabbi Yosef Messas

  1. Public Transportation on Shabbat - R Yosef Messas
  2. R. Y. Messas on Leadership
  3. Moroccan Zionism in the 18th Century - Rav Y Messas - This goes into the life story and family history of R’ Yosef Messas, and is an incredibly inspiring testament to both his character and achievements
  4. Electricity on Yom Tov (not entirely about R’ Messas, but it discusses him)

On Rabbi Yehuda Fetaya

  1. Hakham Yehudah Fetaya, Part 3: Bereaved Father Argues with God
  2. Zekhut Rahel - זכות רחל - Rahel’s Merit (prayer composed by H’ Y Fetaya in honor of Rahel). Video here (chanted by R. Yehudah Ovadia-Fetaya)
  3. Hakham Yehudah Fetaya, Part 4 Between Men and Women

Halacha

  1. Jewish Law 101 Series
  2. Shabbat Intro
  3. Strict Is Lenient
  4. Public Transportation on Shabbat - R’ Yosef Messas
  5. Aliyah for Women? What does the Shulchan Aruch Say?
  6. Electricity on Yom Tov
  7. Changing Minhag - Relying on Kashrut of Host 

Egalitarianism

  1. Aliyah for Women? What does the Shulchan Aruch Say?
  2. Hakham Yehudah Fetaya, Part 3: Bereaved Father Argues with God (see “The Mother’s Prayer” section)
  1. Zekhut Rahel - זכות רחל - Rahel’s Merit (prayer composed by H’ Y Fetaya in honor of Rahel). Video here (chanted by R. Yehudah Ovadia-Fetaya)
  1. He has a Podcast about women serving as Rabbis, that I can’t seem to find at the moment - will update once I’ve found
  2. Eshel Outloud - Coming Out Orthodox

Hazzanut

  1. Shaharit - Yishtabah until end of the Amidah
  2. Shabbat Shaharit - Sephardic Tradition
  3. Arvit for Shabbat - Sephardic Nahawand (Nahawand is an Arabic Maqam)
  4. MSDC Concert of Sephardic Liturgy and Selihot (In Traditional Arabic musical style)
  5. Correct Sephardic (Liturgical) Hebrew Pronunciation 

Hakham Ben-zion Uziel

  1. Jewish Ideas - The Grand Religious Worldview of Rabbi Benzion Uziel
  2. Add in Yonatan Halevy videos

Hayim David Halevy

  1. Pulling the Plug - amazing and surprising teshuvah, regarding life support & terminal illness - and whether or not one is permitted to disconnect life support.
  2. Mourning for Someone that has Abandoned Judaism - another incredible and surprising teshuva

Joey Mosseri

  • SY Community - Joey Mosseri Classes - A playlist of many incredible shiurim from a great scholar, who is extremely knowledgeable about Sephardic history, traditions, and halakhic approach.

Sephardic Tradition & Approach (Intro)

  1. Torah - Ancient Relic or Living Law - along with Zvi Zohar’s writings, this is easily one of the best introductions to the foundations and nature of pan-Sepharadi halakhic traditions.
  1. Most of the passages are from cited from Zvi Zohar’s Jews among Muslims: Communities in the Precolonial Middle East - “Positive Regard for Modern Science and Technology”
  1. Hayim David Halevy (see above):
  1. Pulling the Plug 
  2. Mourning for Someone that has Abandoned Judaism

Halakha -  Foundations & Methodology

  1. Minhag and its Place in Pesiqat Halakha - also covers the scope and limits of “Aseh Lekha HaRav” and following a single poseq or hakham
  2. Did Anyone Ever Follow RAMBA"MS Rulings? - covers the halakhic prominence of Rambam, the “acceptance” of Shulhan Arukh by Sepharadim, and Ovadia Yosef’s idiosyncratic (and ahistorical) halakhic methodology and ideology

Kashruth

  1. Noten Ta'am Bar Noten Ta'am - covers the the status of pareve food cooked in dairy or meat pots

Liturgy - History & Composition

  1. A Prayer for Rain - on Mahzor Shalom Yerushalayim’s glaring omission of אוֹצָרְךָ הַטּוֹב פְּתַח נָא לְהַחֲיוֹת בּוֹ כָּל נְפוּחֵי נֶשֶׁם מַשִּׁיב הָרוּחַ וּמוֹרִיד הַגֶּשֶׁם in “Mekasseh Shamayim”. This section prays to Borei Olam (God) for [balanced] rain and sustenance for *All people* - everywhere in the world. It’s urgently essential Tiqqun Olam to say this line in the tefillah!
  2. Our Siddur - Tefilah - the history of the Siddour and Tefillah used by the Sephardic communities of the Middle East, and in New York. Covers what books were used by whom, when, and why.

Teshuvoth & Iggeroth (Other)

  1. Ben Ish Hai - On Riding a Bicycle on Shabbat
  2. Mezizah B'Peh - addresses halakhic solutions and whether or not it’s even required

Zvi Zohar

  1. Academia - Zvi Zohar
  1. Teleological Decision Making in Halakha
  1. Traditional Flexibility and Modern Strictness: Two Halakhic Positions on Women's Suffrage - exploring Rav Kook and Hakham Uziel’s approaches to Women’s Suffrage in Israel
  2. What All Jews Can Learn From Great Sephardic Rabbis of Recent Centuries
  3. Zvi Zohar - Rabbinic Creativity in the Modern Middle East - amazing book

Harvey E. Goldberg

  1. Sepharadi and Middle Eastern Jewries: History and Culture in the Modern Era

Rabbi Raḥmiel Ezra Travitz

  1. Ra'hmiel 'Ezra Travitz - Academia.edu
  1. The Origin of the Custom to wear Costumes on Purim (2nd Draft) 
  2. The Custom (Minhag) of Eating Dairy on Shavuot 
  3. Practical Guide to the Laws of Ḥanukka according to the Geonic/Maimonidean Tradition 
  1. Rachmiel Travitz - YouTube
  1. Halakhic Legal Positivism, Women in Halakha and Serara

David Ramirez

  1. Ideological and Contextual: Legal Reasoning Deployments by Kook and Uziel - on Women’s Suffrage in early 20th Century Israel
  2. On Halakháh leMa‘aséh and the role of the Mishnéh Toráh
  3. Renee Levine Melammed - The Status of Women in the Sephardic Jewish Tradition - 10th to 15th Centuries
  4. Yehonatán Ele‘azar De Mota - The Role of Spanish & Portuguese Conversas as a Model for the Future of Sephardic Jewry

Rabbi Yonatan Halevy

  1. Shiviti - Learning Forum run by Rabbi Yonatan Halevy and Rabbanit Devorah Halevy
  1. Shiviti - YouTube Playlists
  1. Candid Conversations with Rabbi Yonatan Halevy
  2. Refreshing Perspectives in Halakha
  3. Impactful Insights
  4. Teshuva
  5. Miscellaneous Classes
  1. Shiviti - Facebook Group
  1. Rabbi Yoni - Blog

Hakham Jose Faur

  1. Moreshet Sepharad - Articles and Lectures - Some of the best historical writing on Sephardic History out there. Covers topics like the Sephardic Response to the Enlightenment, the anti-Maimonideans and the formation of Kabbalah in the context of the Reconquista, the Sephardic tradition of Religious Humanism, Conversos, etc
  1. Anti-Maimonidean Demons
  2. Vico, Religious Humanism and the Sephardic Tradition
  3. Rhetoric and Hermeneutics: Vico and Rabbinic Tradition
  4. Reading Jewish Texts with Greek Eyes
  5. Intuitive Knowledge of God in Medieval Jewish Theology - Compares the understandings of Rabbinic and Qaraite theology, and utilizes Arabic terminology and concepts to do so
  1. Archive.org - Jose Faur Studies - Contains some papers and divrei torah that aren’t on Moreshet Sepharad. Here’s a list:
  1. Basic Concepts in Rabbinic Hermeneutics
  2. Delocutive Expressions Found in Hebrew Liturgy
  3. Early Zionist Ideas Amongst Sephardim in the Nineteenth Century
  4. God as Writer: Omnipresence and the Art of Dissimulation
  5. Monolingualism and Judaism
  6. Parashat Va'era: And By My Name, The Lord, I did not Make Myself Known To Them
  7. Politics and Religion, Then and Now
  8. The Biblical Idea of Idolatry
  1. The Horizontal Society
  1. Alan Yuter - Review Essay: Recovering the Straight and the Good
  1. Other
  1. Congregation Anshe Shalom - The Disqualified Rabbi - a derasha on Perashat Toledoth, While not specifically about H’ Faur, the last few paragraphs reference the history of his being pushed out from teaching in the SY community, due to his former association with JTS.
  2. R' Jose Faur, "Golden Doves with Silver Dots", page 29 - a quick quote about the differences between Hebrew and Greek Thought

Rabbi Abraham Faur

  1. General
  1. Talmud, Baba Mesia 59a - 59b : The Tora Is Not in the Heavens! הרב אברהם - Incredible class on the Talmudic sugya of “Akhnai’s Oven”, utilizing the traditional Surata Dishmata methodology.
  2. The Experience of Sinai - a short video on personal vs. national (or collective) memory and experience
  1. Discsussions with Hakham Faur - Playlist
  1. Miqra
  1. What is the Text of the Tanach? - What are the different levels of text? What is the purpose of Tehilim? Mishle? etc?
  2. Dicussion with Hacham Faur Re Different Levels of Textuality
  1. Halakha and Rabbinic Judaism
  1. Talmud, Megilla 27b - 28a, How the Hachamim Use to Be!! Rab Faur, March 23, 2014
  2. Thunder & Lightning! The Dual Torah System - Part 1 - Why attempts by modern Rabbis to derive Halacha from Biblical verses are an affront to the Tora and to Am Yisrael.
  1. Thunder & Lightning! The Dual Torah System - Part 2
  1. The Rule of the Creator vs The Rule of a Dictator!
  1. Philosophy, Theology, Humanities, etc
  1. Moreh Nebukhim - Part 3 Ch. 12 - on the Guide for the Perplexed
  2. How Nature Shows Can Help with Talmud Tora!
  3. Discussions on Job and Satan - A Jungian Perspective
  1. Bricat Ha-Ilanot - Praising Boreh Olam for the Beauty Around Us - re the Jewish attitude towards Hashem's creations
  1. Miscellaneous Talmud Classes - Playlist
  2. Tora From Hashem - Playlist - Are hypotheses about composite authorship or allegorical nature of the history in Tanakh inherently contradictory with being an observant Jew? (i.e. Stories vs. Actual Historical Events)
  3. Hazzanuth -  there are many great hazzanuth recordings by Mickey Kaiery and others, on his website

Rabbi Richard Hidary

  1. Sephardic Approaches to Conversion - Easily one of the most important papers on on Sephardic Tradition and its historical flexibility and inclusiveness. Partially a response to the unnecessary Humrot of today’s Orthodox Conversion practices; Partially a response to the Syrian Community’s takkanah regarding conversions and intermarriage.

Esther Hidary

  1. Staying Relevant in the 21st Century: Moderated Panel Discussion between Rabbi and Mrs. Hidary 9/22/16 - Discusses keeping Jewish Education strong, inspiring, empowering, and meaningful (iirc)

Rabbi Marc Angel

  1. Ideals - Institute for Jewish Ideas and Ideals - a collection of articles by R’ Marc Angel (Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation Shearith Israel)  and Hayyim Angel. Largely formed as a response to the increasing Haredization of Orthodox Judaism. Marc Angel grew up in a mix of Sephardic and Ashkenazi communities, and is largely a part of both Sephardic and Modern Orthodox tradition.
  2. Minhagim: Divinity and Diversity - discusses co-ethnic recognition failure and related issues

Rabbi Hayim Angel

  1. Embracing Tradition and Modernity: Rabbi Benzion Meir Hai Uziel

Rabbi Yosef Bitton

  1. SY Community - Forgotten Giants - A special lecture on Sephardic Hakhamim, 14th Century and Beyond, and celebration of Rabbi Bitton's New Book, "Forgotten Giants"
  1. The (Almost) Lost Sephardic Approach to Gemara (Talmud) Study, Surata Dishmata [Note: it’s been expressed that Darchei HaTalmud is *not* Surata Dishmata, and that the video’s title is misleading]

Rabbi Yonatan Halevy

  1. R’ Yonatan Halevy - YouTube Channel - Many exceptional videos - I’d recommend anything on Hakham Uziel, Geirut (conversion process), and others (Will expand upon later)
  1. Refreshing Perspectives - YouTube Playlist containing many excellent videos. Again, I highly recommend any of the content on Hakham Uziel. Hakham Uziel’s (traditional Sephardic) approach has largely been lost in the Haredization of the Israeli Sephardic Rabbinate that’s followed, since his time as Chief Rabbi.
  1. RabbiYoni.com - Articles by Rabbi Yonatan Halevy

Conversion

  1. Halacha of Conversion - pt.1
  1. Halacha of Conversion - pt. 2

Rabbi Yosef Messas

  1. Teshuvah of Rav Yosef Messas z”l on Women Covering Their Hair
  1. Direct PDF of the English translation of this Teshuva
  1. Rabbi said WHAT?!?! Unexpected and Amazing Teachings from Rabbi Yosef Messas - Sefaria Source Sheet of some of the writings and letters of R’ Yosef Messas

Rich Dweck

  1. Jewish Pink Elephant - Sephardic Jews (Education, History, and Culture)

Ella Shohat

  1. The Invention of Mizrahim

David Shasha

  1. Some Books to Help You Learn More about “The Levantine Option” - David Shasha
  1. Originally published at Mondoweiss -  A Jewish voice left silent: Trying to articulate ‘The Levantine Option
  1. David Shasha - Entering “Pottersville”: Modalities of Destruction and Self-hatred in Sephardic Jewish History
  2. Sephardi Typologies: Hating Ourselves and Others

Shmuel Gonzales

  • Hardcore Mesorah - has some of the best and most accessible examinations of Sephardic and Ashkenazi traditions and Halakha!!

Hebrew, Aramaic, and Other Linguistic

  • Diqduk Aramith Bablith - J Epstein
  • Note: in Hebrew
  • Note: Add Gesenius wiki link

Mishnaic Hebrew

  • Jastrow Dictionary Online - Searchable dictionary for Mishnaic and Talmudic Hebrew - incredible resources!!
  • Note: replace with Sefaria link

Educational Organizations and Publications

Yeshivoth

MeMizrah Shemesh - ממזרח שמש

  1. MeMizrah Shemesh ממזרח שמש - Jerusalem based

Sephardic Educational Center

  1. Sephardic Educational Center - dedicated to strengthening Jewish identity for youth and young adults, and to building a new generation of spiritual and community leaders. From our historic campus in the Old City of Jerusalem to our various diaspora branches, the SEC’s philosophy of Classic Sephardic Judaism offers Jews an opportunity to connect with their roots in a warm, friendly and positive environment.
  1. SEC Jerusalem Campus - for an example of their studies, see This Week at Beit Midrash Sha'arei Uziel
  2. Sephardic House - hosts guests and events
  3. Hamsa Israel - trip for Teens
  4. HaMerkaz Magazine - year publication, downloadable as PDFs

Shehebar Sephardic Center

  1. Shehebar Sephardic Center - The SSC has a thriving kollel, rabbinical training program and dayanut program in the Old City of Jerusalem. The SSC also operates synagogues in the Far East, helps struggling Jewish communities and operates schools in Uzbekistan and Russia. Each project is designed to help Sephardic communities combat assimilation and intermarriage with spiritual leadership.
  1. SSC Rabbis
  2. Rabbinical College
  3. Dayanut Training
  4. Projects - Schools, Kehilot, Shabbat & holiday meal funding

Community & Publications

Sephardic Community Alliance

Institute for Jewish Ideas & Ideals

  1. Institute for Jewish Ideas & Ideals - many of the articles on this site are really more from a Modern/Open Orthodox understanding, rather than from Sepharadi approach. However, there are some excellent articles on various Sephardic Hakhamim as well

SY Community

  1. SY Community - Youtube Channel - a collection of teachings by rabbinical and scholarly teachings from the larger Brooklyn Syrian community, as well as different prominent history and events in the community’s history.

Yeshivot & Communal Educational Organizations

Halakha

  1. Halacha Yomit (who actually publishes this?)

Hazzanut

Piyutim & Pizmonim

General

  1. Invitation to Piyut North America - contains PDFs of many piyutim (with Hebrew, English transliteration and translation, and historical or compositional notes), Recordings (browsable by name or tradition), Holiday Guides, and Chant Cards (Note: the melodies are Westernized and not in their original maqamat).

    Note: the maqamot of piyutim and pizmonim here have been flattened to fit into the Western Scale. Please see the Pizmonim section below, for more traditionally authentic recordings
  1. B’nai Jeshurun - Invitation to Piyut North America - a consolidated/teaser version of the full site
  2. 18 Piyutim and Mizmorim - Printable booklet of the selections on BJ’s site - contains musical notation for each selection.
  3. Hakhanah La’Tefilah (Preparation for  Prayer) - Study sheet with a selection of piyutim and readings.
  4. Piyut Holiday Guide - Selection of 18 piyutim, grouped by Holiday

Spanish & Portugese

  1. London Sephardi Congregational Melodies - Sabbath Table Songs
  2. http://www.yedeabraham.com/tiki/tiki-index.php
  3. https://sites.google.com/site/londonspmusic/home
  4. https://sites.google.com/site/londonsephardimusic/home
  5. http://www.archivio-torah.it/AUDIO/tempiospagnolo/
  6. http://www.chazzanut-esnoga.org/
  7. http://www.mikvehisraelmusic.org/
  8. http://riteportugais.free.fr/

Syrian

  1. Sephardic Pizmonim Project - an archive of the Syrian Community’s “Red Book” (Shir Ushbaha Hallel VeZimrah) and other pizmonim. Contains lessons on all of the Arabic maqamat (musical modes/orders) and which parts of the liturgy they’re used for. Also contains recordings of the various pizmonim, parashiyoth, te’amim, etc.
  1. Maqam of the Week - the weekly maqam for Shabbath Shaharit, corresponding to the perasha. Note: Musaf is done to the following week’s maqam.
  1. Sephardic Hazzanut Project - Recordings of all the (Syrian) Sephardic liturgy, te’amim, baqashot, and pizmonim

Websites

  1. ReligionWiki - Pizmonim
  2. SY Community - Pizmonim of Aleppo - YouTube playlist of Syrian pizmonim
  3. Aram Soba Orchestra

Books

  1. Shir Ushbaha Hallel VeZimrah - Syrian “Red Book” - see Sepharadic Pizmonim Project above
  1. Used editions of the Red Book available here
  1. Shira Hadasha - Collection of Pizmonim[a] & Songs for Shabbat, Simhaot, and other sederim, by Hazzanim David Shiro and Menachem Mustaki - arranged by maqam.
  2. Abia Renanot Note[b]

Pe’rasha, Te’amim and Liturgy

Spanish & Portugese

  1. http://www.shearithisrael.org/media
  2. http://www.yedeabraham.com/tiki/tiki-index.php
  3. https://sites.google.com/site/londonspmusic/home
  4. https://sites.google.com/site/londonsephardimusic/home
  5. http://www.archivio-torah.it/AUDIO/tempiospagnolo/
  6. http://www.chazzanut-esnoga.org/
  7. http://www.mikvehisraelmusic.org/
  8. http://riteportugais.free.fr
  9.  

Moroccan

  1. Darke Aboteinu - Recordings of Moroccan Hazzanut, with notation on which local minhag they come from.
  2. Sha'ar Hashamayim of London - Moroccan Haggadah recordings

Yerushalmi

  1. Daf Yomi Review - Sephardic Parasha Recordings

Selihot

  1. David Dery - Selihot album
  1. Daat - Selihot - Nusah Edut HaMizrah - Hebrew text of all of David Dery’s Selihot album. If you want the English translations and commentary, buy Orot - Kol Yehuda - Selihot.

Baqashot

  1. Emili Zrihan - 3am Ne’Emani[c] 
  1. Invitation to Piyut (Old Site) - עמ נאמני - Hebrew text of the Piyut here

Siddurim and Mahzorim

Edot HaMizrah

  1. Orot - Kol Sasson Siddur - Best Hebrew-English Edot HaMizrah siddur out there! Linear format, with a lucid translation and tons of commentary. Utilizes a transliteration and notation system that accommodates for the traditions of various pan-Sephardic communities
  2. Orot - Kol Yehuda - Selihot - The traditional Selihot liturgy
  3. Koren - Sephardic (Edot HaMizrah) Siddur
  4. Avodat Hashem - Hebrew - Minhag Ovadia Yosef. This siddur differentiates between Kamats Qatan & Gadol, as well as She'va Nah and She'va Na - making it extremely helpful for learning proper pronunciation.
  1. Sheliah Tsibbur Edition (prayer leader)

Syrian

  1. Kol Ya’akob (Minhag Aram Zoba) - standard Syrian siddur for Halabi/Aleppo communities. Also used or readily available in other Sephardic communities in NYC.
  1. Available in Hebrew and Hebrew-Arabic-English
  1. Keter Shelomo (Aram Zoba) - Hebrew-English lucid, linear translation. Great for use during tefilot.

Egyptian

  1. https://www.amazon.com/Siddur-Farhi-Prayers-Hebrew-Translation/dp/1506108458 

Spanish & Portugese (S&P)

  1. Aaron DeSola Pool Siddur  - Traditional Spanish & Portuguese Siddur. Also used by Kehila Kedosha Janina (Romaniote) in NYC
  2. Kol Tuv Sefarad Siddur - Hebrew-Spanish - Based on the customs of the Amsterdam S&P community. Downloadable as PDFs
  1. Also available as a mobile app. The app version only includes the core prayers, and is intended for those who are newer or less familiar with te'filot. Contains some light halakhic or other commentary.
  1. Heshaim Siddurim - The London community’s siddurim, haggadoth, mahzorim, etc. Heshaim is an older transliteration of Etz Haim (Eṣ Haim)
  2. Homens da Nacao - Western Sephardic Liturgy - Digitally archived siddurim going back to the 1500s

Moroccan

  1. Koren - Avoteinu - Hakhmei Morocco -  The Koren Avoteinu Siddur is a complete Moroccan Siddur for weekdays and Shabbat that includes: explanations of, and sources for geographically-varied customs, commentaries from the Moroccan sages and language and pronunciation guides.
  2. Siddur Avot U’vanim - Hachmei Morocco - Nusach Hachmei Morocco and Sepharadim. This siddur also has the haschemet of Hakham Shlomo Amar (the current Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem).

Yemenite

  1. Siddur Tichlal - Tefilat Avot (Temani/Baladi) - A Weekday/Shabbat siddur according to the minhag of the Jews of Yemen (Baladi).

Persian

  1. Te’filat Ezra - Hebrew-Farsi - standard Persian siddur (though the Persian minyan in Manhattan uses Kol Ya’akob)

Qehilot (Synagogues)

New York

  1. Shearith Israel - S&P
  2. Magen David of Manhattan - Syrian (Aleppo nusah)
  3. Tifereth Israel - Yemenite (Baladi nusah)
  4. Congregation Beit Edmond (formerly called the “Safra Synagogue”) - Syrian
  5. Kehila Kedosha Janina (Romaniote)

Pennsylvania

  1. Congregation Mikveh Israel (Philadelphia, PA)

Maryland

  1. Magen David Sephardic Congregation (Rockville, MD)

Heritage

  1. SHINDC: Celebrating Sephardic Heritage IN DC - Sephardic Heritage Organization in DC

History

General

  1. Moreshet Sepharad - Articles and Lectures - Some of the best historical writing on Sephardic History out there. Covers topics like the Sephardic Response to the Enlightenment, the anti-Maimonideans and the formation of Kabbalah in the context of the Reconquista, the Sephardic tradition of Religious Humanism, Conversos, etc.
  2. Asenath Barzani
  3. Flora Sassoon
  4. Diane Cohler-Esses
  5. Abigail Lindo
  6. Dr. Marc B. Shapiro has a series on Torah in Motion covering lives of various rabbis, he has talks on The Ben Ish Hai, Rav Ovadia Yosef, Rabbi Yosef Messas, Rabbi Shalom Messas, R’ Yosef Kafih, R’ Eliyahu Benamozegh, Hakham Ben Zion Uzziel
  1. Note: I have not listened to these yet, and may or may not recommend them.

Rabbis and Scholars

Spanish & Portugese

  1. The Spanish Tradition in Chronological Order - a list of rabbis and scholars from the Spanish Tradition. Each entry includes some details about their significant works or contributions

Hakham Bashi - Ottoman, Syrian

Ottoman Empire (Hahambaşı)

  • Eli Capsali (1452–1454)
  • Moses Capsali (1454–1495)
  • Elijah Mizrachi (1497–1526)
  • Mordechai Komitano (1526–1542)
  • Tam ibn Yahya (1542–1543)
  • Eliyyah Benjamin ha-Levi (1543)
  • Eliyyah ben Ḥayyim (1543–1602)
  • Yeḥiel Bassan (1602–1625)
  • Joseph Miṭrani (1625–1639)
  • Yomṭov Ben Yaʿesh (1639–1642)
  • Yomṭov ben Ḥananiah Ben Yaqar (1642–1677)
  • Ḥayyim Qamḥi (1677–1715)
  • Judah Ben Rey (1715–1717)
  • Samuel Levi (1717–1720)
  • Abraham ben Ḥayyim Rosanes (1720–1745)
  • Solomon Ḥayyim Alfandari (1745–1762)
  • Meir Ishaki (1762–1780)
  • Elijah Palombo (1780–1800)
  • Haim Palaci - (1788-1868)
  • Ḥayyim Jacob Benyakar (1800–1835)
  • Abraham ha-Levi (1835–1836)
  • Samuel ben Moses Ḥayyim (1836–1837)
  • Moses Fresco (1839–1841)
  • Jacob Behar David (1841–1854)
  • Ḥayyim ha-Kohen (1854–1860)
  • Jacob (or Yakup) Avigdor (1860–1863)
  • Yakir Geron (1863–1872)
  • Moses Levi (1872–1908)
  • Haim Nahum Effendi (1908–1920)
  • Shabbetai Levi (1918–1919)
  • Ishak Ariel (1919–1920)

Turkish Republic

  • Haim Moşe Becerano (1920–1931)
  • Haim Ishak Saki (1931–1940)
  • Rafael David Saban (1940–1960)
  • David Asseo (1961–2002)
  • Ishak Haleva (2002–)

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Ottoman Palestine

British Mandatory Palestine

Israel

France (Provence)

Communities

Syrian

Aleppo (Halabi)

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Damascus (Shami)

Urfalim (Kurdish)

  • See Kurdish section

Diaspora

America

Kurdish

Urfalim

Yemenite

Ritual

  1. Bar and Bat Mitzvahs: Different traditions same rite of passage - Mentions the Italian and Egyptian origins of the Bat Mitsvah ceremony - dating back to the 19th Century.
  1. See also: Jewish Practices and Rituals: Bar and Bat Mitzvah

Sepharadim and the Holocaust

  1. See movies section, until further resources are added here

Media

Dance

  1. Silk Road Dance Ensemble - Dance concerts, lecture demonstrations, and masterclasses in Uzbek, Persian, Tajik, Afghan, Azeri, Kazakh, Turkic, Uyghur, Bollywood, Arabic, Romani “Gypsy”, Ancient Egyptian, and other traditions.

Movies

Comedy (with Drama)

  1. The Band’s Visit
  2. Yismah Hatani (The Women’s Balcony) - (trailer)

Documentaries

  1. Forgotten Refugees
  2. The Ethnic Demon
  3. Starting Over Again (trailer) - about the Egyptian Jewish communities, pre and post-Nassar/expulsion.
  4. Journey from Tunisia
  5. Remember Baghdad
  6. The Ancestral Sin

Drama

  1. The Loners (about two Kavkazi soliders)
  2. Closeness (Story of Kavakazim who didn’t immigrate to Israel after the Iron Curtain fell)
  3. Farewell Baghdad - (trailer) - the story of the Baghdadi community leaving Iraq, after the Farhud

Drama (Coming of Age)

  1. The House on Chelouche Street - (full film)

Drama (Historical)

  1. Rembetiko - (full film)

Drama (Holocaust)

  1. A Bulgarian Rhapsody
  2. The Third Half
  3. The Wedding Song (set in Tunisia; centered around a straining friendship between a Muslim woman and a Sephardic woman)

Drama (Mystery)

  1. Shadow In Baghdad - (trailer)

Drama (Romance)

  1. Every Time We Say Goodbye

Fantasy/Adventure

  1. The Rabbi’s Cat (animated)

Historical Fiction

  1. The Physician (features Persian Jewish characters)

Musical

  1. Kazablan

Unsorted

  1. Baba Joon - (trailer) 
  2. Septembers in Shiraz - (trailer)
  3. Atomic Falafel
  4. Free Men
  5. Salah Shabati
  6. צומת
  7. Sof Ha’Olam Smola (Turn Left at the End of the World) - (trailer)
  8. שלוש אמהות (Three Mothers)
  9. Tipat Mazal

TV Series

Thriller

  1. Fauda

Musicians

  1. Omer Adam
  2. Gad Elbaz
  3. Sarit Hadad
  4. Mark Eliyahu
  5. Eli Luzon
  6. Itzik Kalah
  7. Itzik Eshel
  8. Shlomi Shabbat
  9. Yehoram Gaon
  10. Flory Jagoda
  11. Mor Karbasi
  12. Fortuna
  13. Sara Aroeste
  14. Gad Elmaleh 
  15. Yasmine Levy
  16. Arik Einstein
  17. Sarband - Sephardic Songs album

Traditions and Nosḥaot (Rites/Liturgies)

Moroccan

  1. Wikipedia - Moroccan Jews

Syrian

  1. Wikipedia - Syrian Jews
  1. Halabi (Aleppo)
  2. Shami (Damascus)

Iraqi

  1. Wikipedia - Iraqi Jews

Spanish & Portugese

Romaniote

Yemenite

  1. Wikipedia - Yemenite Jews
  2. Wikipedia - Yemenite Jews - Religious Groups
  1. Baladi
  2. Shami (Adopted Damascus Sephardic tradition)
  3. Dor Daim (Reaction to the Shami tradition - strict followers of Talmudic law as compiled by Maimonides, aka "Rambam". They are regarded as a subdivision of the Baladi Jews, and claim to preserve the Baladi tradition in its pure form; ardently opposed to the mysticism, superstition and fatalism that developed in Yemen, as a result of the Shami tradition).

To Add:

  1. The Encyclopedia of Jewish Prayer: The Ashkenazic and Sephardic Rites - an incredible resource that differentiates btwn. different nos7aot
  1. Google Books Preview - where you can read much of the book
  1. Kavkazi Resources (see fb group)
  2. Relevant pages from Henna By Sienna
  3. S&P UK
  4. S&P Amsterdam
  5. Persian Food from the non-Persian Bride by Reyna Simnegar
  6. Aromas of Aleppo
  7. http://www.jpost.com/Jerusalem-Report/Sephardi-Judaism-Straining-to-Stay-Non-Denominational-513181 ??
  8. Mourner's Kaddish (Sepharadi) - uses k instead of q for ק, also does כ and ח as ‘h. Probably don’t bother… cuz really weird transliteration

To Add (needs sorting):

Cookbooks: In English, I can't recommend Claudia Roden's "The Book of Jewish Food" enough - she centers Sephardic cooking rather than Ashkenazi cooking, and goes into incredible detail on Sephardic and Mizrahi culinary practices. I also recommend dafina.net (in French) for Moroccan Jewish food and a cool forum, and the work of Janet Amateau, who has written several books and has a good blog at Sephardic Food.com. Le Culte de la table dressee in French, by Joelle Bahloul, is an incredible resource for Algerian Jewish cooking.

Other resources: Gil Marks' Encyclopedia of Jewish Food is really good for ingredients and cooking methods, and details a lot on Sephardic influence on Ashkenazi food going back to the 1300s. Eat and Be Satisfied by John Cooper is also great. The Taste of Conquest by Michael Krondl is really good for the history of the Spice Trade, and also check out stuff on the Dutch Jewish Atlantic and Sephardic Dutch Jews by Jessica Roitman. For broader influences on Sephardic Jewish cooking, Rachel Laudan's Cuisine and Empire is one of the best books on food I have ever read. I need to find the citations on the herring industry, fish and chips, and the jam industry tomorrow - all of which were developed by Sephardim in Northern Europe.

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[c]Notes from John Erlich:

I searched for years for a really good, hip Sephardi or Mizrahi song for Hannukah, and found this one a couple years ago.  I wrote out the melody last year, but haven't actually gotten around to learning it yet.  Here it is, "Am Ne'emanai," with lyrics by R. David Buzaglo.  Interestingly, the piyyut comes from the Moroccan-Jewish community, but the Arabic source melody is Syrian/Iraqi.

The maqam is "Suznak," but on G (So), instead of the usual C (Do), because Emil Zhrihan is a tenor with a relatively high voice.  Suznak on C is basically Rast in the lower tetrachord (i.e.,, C, D, E half b, F), and Hijaz on G at the top (i.e, G, Ab, B natural, C).  Think of the Umm Kulthum song, "Ghennili, Shwaye, Shwaye" which is in Suznak on C.  The twist here is that the instrumental interlude and verse melody switches to Hijaz on D (Re), i.e., D, Eb, F#, G, A, etc. (then back to Suznak on G).  Western music notation was adopted in MENA, first by the Turks, and later by the Persians and Arabs, all of whom had to modify the notation to accomodate the microtones used in their music.  Interestingly, I believe that the Arabs adopted Western notation last (of the 3 cultures), and have done so in a way that I, with a Western (jazz) music background, find easiest to comprehend and follow.