Or Ha-Hayim

Rabbi Professor Moshe Amar is one of today’s leading historians of North African Jewry. I feel enlightened every time I…

A Passover Pilgrimage

שָׁלֹושׁ פְּעָמִים בַּשָּׁנָה יֵרָאֶה כָּל זְכוּרְךָ אֶת פְּנֵי ה’ אֱלֹהֶיךָ בַּמָּקוֹם אֲשֶׁר יִבְחָר (=בבית המקדש): בְּחַג הַמַּצּוֹת וּבְחַג הַשָּׁבֻעוֹת וּבְחַג…

Going Back to Our Roots

Growing up Ashkenazi in the US there are a few things that I “knew” about Passover from home and of…

Different or Unique?

“While the Ashkenazim hold this way, the Sephardim do it like that.” Our teacher would finish her sentence and then…

My Trip to Morocco

We sometimes dismiss certain Jewish communities as being a thing of the past. We mesh them into a greater whole…

A Yemenite Hinneh

My daughter was recently married and wanted to embrace her Yemenite roots. To this end it was very important for…