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was thirteen years old at the time), Rabbi Ibn Zimra exerted
enormous influence on Sephardic communities in the Ottoman
Empire and Middle East. Morris Goodblatt’s
Jew ish L ife in
T u rk e y in the 16 th C en tury
(New York, 1952), is essentially
a study of the life and influence of Rabbi Shemuel de Medina
of Salonika. R. J. Werblowsky’s
Joseph K a ro : L aw ye r
M y s tic
(London, 1962), and Gershom Scholem’s
Sabba ta i Sevi
1973) are important studies.
S. D. Goitein’s
Jews an d A rab s
(New York, 1974), is a popular
work which provides insight into the historic relationships be­
tween Jews and Arabs. This book helps one understand the
historic, social and cultural backgrounds of Jews who lived
under Islamic rule. Fernand Braudel’s
T h e M ed ite rran ean
York, 1972-73), though not a history of Sephardim, is a re­
markable discussion of an area and a period in which Sephardic
life was intertwined.
Several books shed light on the Marrano experiences. Cecil
Ro th’s
H is to ry of the Marranos
(New York, 1966), is a good
starting point for an understanding of this group. Yosef H.
Yerushalmi, in his
From Spanish C our t to I ta lian G h e t to
York, 1971), presents a sensitive and scholarly account of Isaac
Cardozo, a doctor at the Court of the King of Spain who, at
age 44, left for Italy to return to Judaism. Martin Cohen, in his
T h e M a r ty r
(Philadelphia, 1973), tells the story of a secret Jew
and the Spanish Inquisition in Mexico in the sixteenth century.
Armistead and J. Silverman have done extensive research
in Judeo-Spanish folklore .Their book,
T h e Judeo-Span ish
C hapbooks of Yacob A b raham Yona
(Berkeley, 1971), discusses
the contributions made to Judeo-Spanish folklore by a folk-poet
in Salonika. The book includes many Judeo-Spanish texts com­
piled by Yacob Yona.
T h e Sephard i H e r ita g e
(New York, 1971),
edited by Richard Barnett, contains an article by Henry Besso,
“Judeo-Span ish
I ts G row th and D ec line ,”
(pp. 604-635). David
N. Barocas, a Sephardic layman who lives in Brooklyn, wrote a
tract entitled
L a d in o , Judezm o and the Spanish Jew ish D ia lec t
(New York, 1976). T he volume, published by a private foun­
dation known as the Foundation for the Advancement of Se­
phardic Studies and Culture, contains the opinions of the author
concerning Judeo-Spanish as well as reprints of relevant ma­
terials (including Besso’s aritcle cited above).