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Sephardi Mizrahi Studies Caucus Discussion List - August 31, 2003

Association for Jewish Studies Sephardi/Mizrahi Studies Caucus Discussion List
Editor/Moderator: Aviva Ben-Ur <aben-ur@judnea.umass.edu>
Week of Sunday, August 31, 2003 (3 Elul 5763)

Index:

1. Recent Publications in Sephardi Studies (Matitiahu)

2. Query: Sephardim and Hasidim in Romania and Transylvania (Halevy)

3. Query: Sephardim and Hasidim in Romania and Transylvania (Sheynin)

4. Query: Rabbinic Commentary and Scholarly Articles on Sephardim and Obadiah (Ben-Ur)

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1. Recent Publications in Sephardi Studies (Matitiahu)

From: Margalit Matitiahu <alegrica@hotmail.com>
Date: Saturday, August 30, 2003 4:08 AM

The following books of Ladino poetry have been recently published:

1. Margalit Matitiahu, Vagabondo Eternel (poemas) (Leon, Spain: Ayuntamiento de Leon, Concejalia de Cultura; 2000)

2. Margalit Matitiahu, Bozes en la Shara (poemas) (Cuenca, Spain: El Toro de Barro, Carlos Morales, 2001)

The following Ph.D. on Margalit Matitiahu’s poetry was recently completed:

Tesi di Laura, "La poesia Sefardita di Margalit Matitihu", Univesita degli Studi di Udine, Facolta di Lingue e Literatura Straniere; Relatore: Dott. Giancarlo RICCI; Laureanda: Guseppina GEROMETTA, Anno Academico 2001-2002 (309 pages).

The following CD was recently released in Israel:

“Aromas y Memorias,” 24 Poemas en Judeo-Espaniol de Margalit Matitiahu, Recitadas por la auotora y acompaniada con musica. 6 poemas cantadas. Composo la musica y las canta SUZY.
Additional information is available from the author.
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2. Query: Sephardim and Hasidim in Romania and Transylvania (Halevy)

From: Mihalevy@aol.com
Date: Friday, August 29, 2003 2:40 PM

Dear Aviva,

[In response to Howard Lupovitch’s query], in the next issue of NEUE ROMANIA /JUDENSPANISCH you will find an extensive bibliography on Sefardim in Rumania, Austria and Berlin written by your friend of Hamburg.

Michael Halevy

[brackets are editor’s]
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3. Query: Sephardim and Hasidim in Romania and Transylvania (Sheynin)

From: Hayim Sheynin <hsheynin@gratz.edu>
Date: Friday, August 29, 2003 2:04 PM

How about these linguistic publications. Check the bibliography in these two
books.

Sala, Marius. Estudios sobre el judeoespaanol de Bucarest / Marius
Sala ; traducciaon de Flora Botton-Burlaa. 1. ed. Mexico: Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Direccion General de Publicaciones, 1970. DLC OCLC: 1166163

Sala, Marius. Phonaetique et phonologie du judeo-esagnol de Bucarest. [Traduction: Ioana Vintilaa-Raadulescu] The Hague, Paris, Mouton; [Bucarest, aEditions de l'Academie de la Republique Socialiste de Roumanie], 1971. DLC OCLC: 233956

See also:
Cernovodeanu, Paul, ed., Toldot ha-Yehudim be-Rumania, Universitat Tel Aviv, 2002, v.1, pp. 51-62.

I also remember seeing an article in the old Spanish encyclopedia (I think this was Enciclopedia Espa~nola Ilustrada, the article most probably "Sefardies" where it states that Sephardi groups in their migrations eastwards reached city-port Izium on the Black sea (this supposed to be Moldavia, the most eastern part of former Rumania).

In addition, in one of the Yiddish periodical publications "Sovetish Heymland" there were published memoirs of an Ashkenazi (more precisely Belorussian) Jew who met Sephardic Jews from Izium in Sibiria, to where they were evacuated during WWII.

I hope this helps,

Dr. Hayim Y. Sheynin
Adjunct Professor of Jewish Literature
Head of Reference Services
Gratz College
7605 Old York Rd.
Melrose Park, PA 19027
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4. Query: Rabbinic Commentary and Scholarly Articles on Sephardim and Obadiah (Ben-Ur)

From: Aviva Ben-Ur <aben-ur@judnea.umass.edu>
Date: September 2, 2003

Can readers direct me to both rabbinic commentary and scholarly (i.e. academic) articles on the identification of Sephardim with “Sefarad” in the Book of Obadiah 1:20?

Many thanks!

Aviva Ben-Ur

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