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Sephardi Mizrahi Studies Caucus Discussion List - September 21, 2003

Association for Jewish Studies Sephardi/Mizrahi Studies Caucus Discussion List
Editor/Moderator: Aviva Ben-Ur <aben-ur@judnea.umass.edu>
Week of Sunday, September 21, 2003 (24 Elul 5763)

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. New Publication: Menahem Ben-Sasson, et al., *Juifs de Fès* (Simon)

2. Two New Publications: *Enfance Juive au Maroc* and *Trois Enigme* (Simon)

3. New Website: Jewish Languages (Bunin Benor)

4. Query: Psychological Aspects of Mista’arvim (Zohar)

5. Query: Seeking a Sephardic Caribbean Novel (Ben-Ur)

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From:: Rachel Simon <rsimon@Princeton.EDU>
Date: Monday, September 22, 2003 8:40 AM

1. New Publication: Menahem Ben-Sasson, et al., *Juifs de Fès* (Simon)

"Juifs de Fès" is a collection of rare texts and new studies about the Jewish community living in the Mellah since the foundation in 800 by Idriss the 1st till the Protectorate (1912). New studies about cemeteries, gardens and patios offer a complementary view of the Jewish everyday environment in the City of Fez.

Juifs de Fès
by Ménahem Ben-Ssason; Simon Lévy; Mohammed Kenbib; Jane S. Gerber; Georges Vajda; Roger Le Tourneau; Raymond Vézina; Marc Eliany.

336 pages, hard cover
25 x 20 cm
ISBN ; 2-88545-096-5
Price : 55.00 US$
10.00 US$ for shipping

Éditions Elysée
P.O.B. 181
Branch Cote-St-Luc
Qc, Canada
H4V 2Y4
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2. Two New Publications, *Enfance Juive au Maroc* and *Trois Enigme* (Simon)

From: Rachel Simon <rsimon@Princeton.EDU>
Date: Friday, September 19, 2003 8:26 AM

There are two new books in French relating to Moroccan Jews:

Title : Enfance Juive au Maroc: Paradis perdu? (Jewish Childhood in Morocco: Lost Paradise?)
Author: Nessim Sibony
Publisher: J.T. Productions, Los Angeles, August, 2003
420 pages including 4 pages of illustrations in black and white and 16 pages of illustrations in colors. Color cover.
Language: French

This is the first book entirely dedicated to the Jewish childhood in Morocco with 37 chapters about all the aspects of Jewish childhood and involvement of the Jewish children in the cultural and folkloric atmosphere of the Jewish daily life in Morocco, during the years of the French
Protectorate. The main chapters deal with the various stages of the childhood, the ludic
activities, participation in Jewish holidays, the economical system promoted by the children, the food, their relations to animals and beliefs about animals, their fears, the punishments in the educational system, etc?..It is not sold separately.

Title: Trois énigmes : Le joujou de Tish‚a bé av, Pessah et la Mimouna a Marrakech, Les „noces enfantines. (Three Enigma : The Little Toy of Tisha beAv, the Mimouna and Pessah in
Marrakech, and the „Children’s Pretend Weddings ceremonies).

Author: Nessim Sibony
Publisher : J.T. Productions, Los Angeles, August, 2003
142 pages including 8 pages of illustrations in colors. Color cover.
Language: French

More than 20 years of research enabled finally the author to link the custom of offering the toys on Tisha beAv to the birth of the Messiah Menahem. The Mimouna celebration is explained in its practice including the origin of its name. The custom of practicing pretend children’s wedding ceremonies is overviewed through all its possible significance. Book not sold separately.

Both books are sold for 50 American dollars to be sent by check or money order to:

Nessim Sibony
J.T. Productions
P.O.B. 55501
Sherman Oaks, Ca. 91413
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3. New Website: Jewish Languages (Bunin Benor)

From: Sarah Bunin Benor <sbenor@stanford.edu>
Date: Sunday, September 21, 2003 7:05 PM

We are pleased to announce the completion of the Jewish Language Research Website: http://www.jewish-languages.org/

This website is designed to be a resource for Linguists, Jewish Studies Scholars, and the general public to learn about the speech and writing of Jews throughout history and around the world. It provides information about 14 Jewish languages:

Hebrew, Jewish Aramaic, Jewish English, Jewish Malayalam, Judeo-Arabic, Judeo-French, Judeo-Greek, Judeo-Iranian, Judeo-Italian, Judeo-Persian, Judeo-Portuguese, Judeo-Provençal, Judeo-Spanish/Judezmo/Ladino, and Yiddish

The site presents short descriptions and bibliographies of these languages written by top researchers, and it provides contact information for over 50 scholars from 10 countries.

Please contact the editor, Sarah Bunin Benor <sbenor@stanford.edu> if you have suggestions or questions.

Sarah Bunin Benor
Stanford University
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4. Query: Psychological Aspects of Mista’arvim (Zohar)

From: Ayelet, Zohar <a.zohar@ucl.ac.uk>
Date: Tuesday, September 16, 2003 4:41 PM

Dear List members,

Although I am not a regular subscriber to this list, I am currently concerning the problem of Mista'arvim in my dissertation. I am interested to know of any comments, publication, classical or contemporary concerning any aspect of these assimilated Jews into the Arab culture during Medieval times. I am most interested in the psychological aspects of Musta'arbin i.e. - are there any writings, discussions of this assimilation, concerning questions of identity, similarities, differences and non-similarities to the people around? And another aspect - are all Medieval Musta'arbin Sepharadic? any known cases of Ashkenazi Musta'arbin? I would appreciate any answer, quote, article or publication concerning this issue. Please write me directly to my e-mail - since I am not part of this discussion list.

Thank you,

Ayelet Zohar
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5. Query: Seeking a Sephardic Caribbean Novel (Ben-Ur)

I am teaching a course on Sephardic literature that combines historical and literary approaches. One of my students is seeking a good Sephardic Caribbean novel or autobiography for her final paper. Can readers suggests such a novel? I am already familiar with Achy Obejas’s *Days of Awe* (Cuban/U.S.) and the delightful *Life in the Damn Tropics* by David Unger (Guatemala). I look forward to your suggestions.

Thanks in advance.

Aviva Ben-Ur


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