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Sephardi Mizrahi Studies Caucus Discussion List - August 19, 2001

Association for Jewish Studies Sephardi/Mizrahi Studies Caucus Discussion
List
Editor/Moderator: Dr. Aviva Ben-Ur <aben-ur@judnea.umass.edu>

Week of Sunday, 19 August 2001
30 Av 5761


Index:
1. Job Announcement: Edmond J. Safra Chair in Sephardic Studies at Brandeis
University (Brettler and Polonsky)

2. SSRC Middle East Post-Doc Grant--International Collaboration Research
Grants: Reconceptualizing Public Spheres in the Middle East and North Africa
(MENA program and Simon)

3. Recent Publication: The Jewish Press in Turkey (Simon)

4. New Publications: Editions Elysee Publishes Two Books on Sephardic Jewry
(Cohen)

5. New Publication: Eric Lawee's *Isaac Abarbanel Stance Toward Tradition*
(Ben-Ur)

6. New Publication: *A Ladino Legacy: The Judeo-Spanish Collection of Louis
N. Levy (Ben-Ur)

7. Query: "Code Swithces" in Ladino (Lampert)
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1. Job Announcement: Edmond J. Safra Chair in Sephardic Studies at Brandeis
University (Brettler and Polonsky)

Edmond J. Safra Chair in Sephardic Studies at Brandeis University

Brandeis University invites applicants for the newly established Edmond J.
Safra Chair in Sephardic Studies. The successful candidate should have a
general expertise in Sephardic Studies and specialized knowledge of some
branch of the field which is understood to comprise the history, literature,
and culture of medieval Spanish Jewry and that of the various communities
established after the expulsion from Spain in 1492, including the
communities in other parts of Europe, in the Ottoman Empire, in Africa and,
ultimately, in the New World. The position is open to all levels from
assistant (with completed Ph.D.) to full professor. If a senior scholar is
chosen, he/she will hold "The Edmond J. Safra Chair of Sephardic Studies."
An assistant or associate professor will be appointed on the Edmond J. Safra
Chair.

Applicants should send a C.V., list of courses taught, selected
publications, teaching evaluations if available, a short description of how
the candidate envisages the development of Sephardic Studies at Brandeis,
and three letters of reference to Antony Polonsky, Chair, Search Committee,
Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, Brandeis University, MS
054, PO Box 9110, Waltham, MA 02454-9110. First consideration will be given
to applications that arrive by November 1, 2001.

The Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies is one of the world's
foremost centers of Jewish Studies and maintains an active undergraduate and
graduate program offering a full range of courses from the ancient to the
modern periods.

Brandeis University is committed to building a diverse faculty and invites
applicants from women and minorities. The University is an Equal Opportunity
Affirmative Action Employer.

Marc Brettler
Antony Polonsky

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2. SSRC Middle East Post-Doc Grant--International Collaboration Research
Grants: Reconceptualizing Public Spheres in the Middle East and North Africa
(MENA program and Simon)

From: mena@ssrc.org
Via: Rachel Simon <rsimon@Princeton.EDU>
Date: Thu, 19 Jul 2001 18:02:48 -0400
Subject: Announcing New SSRC Middle East Post-Doc Grant

Social Science Research Council


International Collaboration Research Grants: Reconceptualizing Public
Spheres in the Middle East and North Africa

The Middle East & North Africa (MENA) Program of the SSRC is launching a
research grants program to encourage international collaborative research
focusing on the MENA region, which is defined as stretching from Iran to
Morocco. We invite proposals that bring together researchers in different
locations to address issues related to the changing nature of public spheres
in the region. The notion of “public spheres” is used in its broadest sense,
encompassing the transformation of socio-economic conditions, state and
non-state structures, individual and collective identities and cultural
production.

The research grants awarded will be for a maximum amount of $35,000 and for
a maximum period of 18 months. The competition is open to PhD holders of any
nationality or discipline. The deadline for preliminary proposals is October
15, 2001.

Further information will be available in

early August on our website www.ssrc.org/mena <http://www.ssrc.org/mena>

Or you may contact:

MENA Program

Phone: (212) 377-2700, ext. 441

Fax: (212) 377-2727

E-Mail: mena@ssrc.org

URL: http://www.ssrc.org/mena <http://www.ssrc/mena>
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3. Recent Publication: The Jewish Press in Turkey (Simon)

Date: Thursday, July 19, 2001 11:37 AM
From: Rachel Simon <rsimon@Princeton.EDU>

This might be of interest to some. It is a book on the Jewish press in
Turkey:

Title: *Cumhuriyet döneminde Türk Yahudi basini ve Türk Yahudilerinin
yayinlari*. Publication: Te¸svikiye, Istanbul : Gözlem Gazetecilik Basin
ve Yayin, 1998.
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4. New Publications: Editions Elysee Publishes Two Books on Sephardic Jewry
(Cohen)

From: Eric Cohen < ericcohen@videotron.ca>
Via: Rachel Simon <rsimon@Princeton.EDU>
Date: Thursday, July 26, 2001 5:11 AM

It has come to our attention through Mr. Zachary Baker, curator at
Stanford University in California, that your organization possess Jewish
library agencies across North America. We are a small publishing house
who have just recently published two books in french concerning Judaism.
The first book is entitled *Dictionaire bibliograghique du monde juif
sepharade et mediterranee*n. This book is composed of four sections
concerning respectively: Rabbis, philosophers and scientists, authors and
artists and politicians and noblemen. This is of course concerning only
Sepharadim.

The second book deals with the history and genealogy of Jews in
Debdou, Morrocco.

We encourage Jewish libraries to contact us about obtaining these
books.

Yours truly.
Eric Cohen
tel: 514-484-9541
email:ericcohen@videotron.ca
Editions Elysee
P.O Box 181
Cote Saint Luc Station, Qc.
Canada H4V 2Y4

[ed: slight edit]
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5. New Publication: Eric Lawee's *Isaac Abarbanel Stance Toward Tradition*
(Ben-Ur)


I am pleased to share with you information about the following
publication:

Eric Lawee, *Isaac Abarbanel's Stance Toward Tradition: Defense,
Dissent, and Dialogue*. SUNY Press, 2001. Eric Lawee is Assistant Professor
of Humanities at York University.

Congratulations to our List member, Eric Lawee, on the publication of his
new book.

Aviva Ben-Ur
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6. New Publication: *A Ladino Legacy: The Judeo-Spanish Collection of Louis
N. Levy* (Ben-Ur)

I am pleased to announce the publication of my new book:

*A Ladino Legacy: The Judeo-Spanish Collection of Louis N. Levy*.
Alexander, NC: Alexander Books, 2001.

Information on this publication is available at the following website:

http://abooks.com

Aviva Ben-Ur
University of Massachusetts (Amherst)
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7. Query: "Code Swithces" in Ladino (Lampert)

From: Gabriel Lampert gabriel@nmsu.edu
Via: Gopher Information Service <gopher@phoenix.Princeton.EDU>
Date: Sunday, July 15, 2001 12:49 PM

Hello. I ordinarily teach math and statistics at New Mexico State
University, but I also get a chance once a year to teach a course in Jewish
Literature and Culture. As part of that, I try to include material in
Ladino, since a fair proportion of students here speak Spanish.

It seems from my small experience that Ladino "code switches" in grammar
as well as in vocabulary. In ordinary use, the grammar is similar to that
of Spanish, while in religious use, especially when translating Hebrew or
Aramaic, it uses Semitic grammar. Sometimes it switches from one to the
other.

Examples: In my Ladino haggadah (courtesy of R. Isaac Jerusalmi):
"Kuanto fue demudada la noce la esta, mas ke todas las noces?" (c with
cedilla) In ordinary Spanish, you would use "esta noche," not "la noche la
esta."

Also: When in Hebrew mode, Ladino also drops the copula, so you get,
"Este el pan de la afriisyon..." instead of "Este es el pan...."

In a song I heard, the switch is in midstream: "Bendicho el que mos
allego, de ver este dia; Ya es, ya es buen siman, este alegria." In the
first line, the copula is dropped, but in the second line it is present.
Presumably because the first line approximates a blessing.

In any case, is this a well-known situation? Is it even correct? I
would appreciate whatever you know of this.

Sincerely,
Gabriel Lampert
Dept. of Mathematical Sciences
New Mexico State University
Las Cruces NM 88003
email:gabriel@nmsu.edu
mailfrom: gabriel@nmsu.edu
namefrom: Gabriel Lampert

[note from Editor/Moderator Aviva Ben-Ur: the subscriber is encouraged to
consult additional works by Haham Dr. Isaac Jerusalmi, who has published
extensive explanations of Ladino language, literature and grammar.]

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