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H. J. Zimmels’
A shkena z im an d S epha rd im
(London, 1958)
has been reprinted and should be easily available to readers.
Zimmels notes various differences in custom and observance
between Sephardic and Ashkenazic Jews. T he book is a handy
reference.
T he following works deal with the Jews of Spain and provide
important information enabling one to understand better sub­
sequent Sephardic history: Eliyahu Ashtor,
T h e Jews o f M o s lem
Spa in
(Philadelphia, 1973); Yitzhak Baer,
A H is to r y of the Jew s
in Chr istian Spa in
(Philadelphia, 1961 and 1971); Isidore Ep­
stein,
T h e R e spon sa o f R . So lom on ben A d r e th o f B arce lona
and
T h e R espon sa of R . Sh imon ben Zemah Du ran
(New York,
1968); Benzion Netanyahu,
A b ra van e l
(Philadelphia, 1968). Ger-
son D. Cohen translated and edited a clsasic historical work by
Abraham Ibn Daud,
Sefer H a -Q abba lah
(Philadelphia, 1967),
which is of interest to students of the history of Jews in Spain.
T h e Am er ican S epha rd i,
an annual journal published by
Yeshiva University, includes articles of Sephardic interest. Ar­
ticles dealing with specific aspects of Sephardic history and
culture appear from time to time in various Jewish publications
e.g., Sephardic communities in Colonial America in
Am er ican
Jew ish H is to r ica l Q ua r ter ly ;
Contemporary Sephardic commu­
nities in
P resen t T en se;
Sephardic intellectual contributions in
T ra d i t io n ,
etc.
Sephardic history is an integral part of Jewish history. A wider
knowledge, understanding and appreciation of Sephardic culture
will be advantageous to all Jews. Some people search their
family trees to find a genealogical link to Sephardic Jewry.
I t is now time for all Jews to forge their own spiritual links
with Sephardic Jewry, so tha t the new generations of Jews can
draw strength from a broader and more dynamic understanding
of the Jewish experience.
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